Penny good to go
Before the Red Sox got on a plane to New York, they were assured from Brad Penny‘s last outing of Spring Training that he is fine to make his first start of the regular season as scheduled on April 12.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “Again, weather can get in the way of things. We just need to stay tuned to that and see how we get there.”
In other words, if the Red Sox got rained out on Opening Day, Josh Beckett would pitch Tuesday instead, meaning that a fifth starter would be needed on April 11 instead of April 12. At any rate, Penny is healthy.
“Great, no pain,” Penny said. “Velocity was there. I threw a couple of pitches I wouldn’t normally throw in certain counts. I think today was probably the best overall stuff I’ve had in spring.”