Brad Penny has been impressive enough after signing a minor-league contract with the Marlins last month that they’ve promoted the 35-year-old right-hander from Single-A to Triple-A.
Of course, it’s all relative. Penny went 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in two Single-A starts, striking out just four batters in 10.2 innings. He also walked zero batters and allowed zero homers and … well, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that “the plan calls for Penny to make at least two starts for New Orleans before the Marlins decide whether to bring him up.”
Penny has a July 31 opt-out clause in his contract, so that’s apparently driving the decision. His deal would be worth $800,000 if he’s called up to Miami, but he hasn’t been effective in the big leagues since 2010.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.