Tag:Brad Penny
Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:55 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am

Cardinals not optimistic they can get Oswalt

Roy Oswalt If you take most trade market musings from general managers with a grain of salt, this week keep a salt lick ready, because there's more bluffing this week than ever.

In that vein, here's a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss that says the Cardinals are bowing out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

"At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged."

What may have been left out is Mozeliak starting that sentence with "awww shucks" while pawing at the ground with his foot, before finishing it by pushing up his hat and adding another offer.

As it stands, Mozeliak would be more encouraged if the Astros had any interest in taking Brendan Ryan off his hands in return for Oswalt, but for now, the Astros seem to think they can get more than a nice hosiery model for the three-time All-Star.

Oswalt, for his part, reportedly wants to be a Cardinal and the Cardinals want him. He'd certainly be better than Jeff Suppan or the wildly inconsistent Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals may believe Lohse is just as good of a gamble as any of the other starters on the market, such as Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly or Jeremy Guthrie.

Lohse is scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A Memphis and hopes to join the team next month. Brad Penny, on the other hand, may not be able to return this season, Mozeliak said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:59 pm

Cardinals' Penny suffers setback

Brad Penny The Cardinals' need for starting pitching may have become more serious, as right-hander Brad Penny suffered a setback in a bullpen session, MLB.com's Matt Leach reports.

Pennny was supposed to throw to hitters, but experience discomfort near his strained right lat muscle. He stopped throwing, left Coors Field and will return to St. Louis to be examined by the team's medical staff.

"It's a big negative," manager Tony La Russa said.

The Cardinals had hoped Penny would make a rehab start on Sunday if Tuesday's session went well. It did not.

While the Cardinals have one of the best top three starters in baseball with Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and rookie Jaime Garcia, Penny and Kyle Lohse are on the disabled list, and fill-ins Adam Ottavino, Blake Hawksworth and Jeff Suppan have been ineffective.

Besides Cliff Lee, it would make sense for the Cardinals to make a play for former Cardinal Dan Haren. Whatever the team does, it doesn't appear it can count on Penny and will have to look to the outside to help fill out the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:41 pm

Suppan's arrival delayed

Newly-signed Cardinal starter Jeff Suppan will throw a bullepn on Saturday after his arrival in Phoenix was delayed by weather, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports .

The Cardinals have a deal in place with the 35-year old, but it is contingent on his bullpen session and a meeting with the team's trainers.

"He has to show that he's healthy," Cardianls general manager John Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch . "This is not a talent search."

La Russa told the newspaper the session would be important to

"He's coming into to throw for us," La Russa said. "We're hopeful. Wait until tomorrow. Just watch him throw. Based on how he throws, go to the next step. We have a history with him. He’s available. I think (Dave Duncan) has seen something that makes him think there’s some Soup left."

If anyone can rescue Suppan, 0-2 with a 7.84 for the Brewers this season, it's Duncan, the patron saint of washed-up hurlers.

Goold also wrote that the Cardinals have made room on the 40-man roster for Suppan by outrighting left-hander Tyler Norrick and that Brad Penny had another set of MRIs on his strained lat that showed he was progressing fromt he injury.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:12 am

Cards looking for a starter

The Cardinals are on the hunt for another starter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss writes . According to Strauss, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan are interested in bringing in recently-released Jeff Suppan.

Suppan would be available for a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum after being released by the Brewers. Suppan pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-06 and signed a big contract with the Brewers after helping the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series.

Others in consideration by the Cardinals are Baltimore's Kevin Millwood and Kansas City's Brian Bannister. Millwood would cost $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, while Bannister would cost prospects. Bannister, arbitration-eligible following this season, has one his last five starts.

Strauss writes the Cardinals are more interested in a pitcher who has played this season rather than a pitcher who hasn't, such as Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Braden Looper or Paul Byrd.

Brad Penny's back will be re-examined in St. Louis on Monday and told Strauss his timetable is still undetermined.

"I've got to tell them when the discomfort is gone," Penny told Strauss. "There's still something there, but it's localized. It's nothing like it was. I just know I don't want to come back too soon and set things back another six weeks. I don't think anyone wants that."

Kyle Lohse had surgery on his forearm last month and the timetable for his return is still unknown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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