ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Brad Penny is
optimistic he'll pitch again this season. He's just not sure when.
Penny, sidelined since late May with an upper back injury, said
Monday he's played catch every day for about a week, but the team
has yet to schedule a bullpen session.
Manager Tony La Russa seemed more enthusiastic than Penny, who's
3-4 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts. Penny signed a one-year, $7.5
million free agent contract in the offseason and said he'll do
whatever he can to return to the rotation.
The opener of a three-game series against the Houston was the
61st game Penny has missed.
La Russa said Penny was feeling better and the pitcher was
definitely not being counted out the rest of the season.