September 25, 2008
Brad Penny became ineligible for postseason play Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers put him on the 60-day disabled list so they could create a spot on the 40-man roster and activate Rafael Furcal.
The move might've marked the end of Penny's tenure with the Dodgers, who can buy out the $9.25-million option on his contract for next season for $2 million.
Penny, who was 6-9 with a 6.27 earned-run average in a season plagued by shoulder problems, said this month that he pitched hurt and worsened his condition because of the Dodgers' refusal to extend his contract.
Of how General Manager Ned Colletti hasn't told him that his 2009 option would be exercised, Penny said, "It just tells me they were never sold on me, which is fine."
Furcal, who was taken off the 60-day disabled list, mentioned Wednesday that he, too, could be looking for a new employer next season. He will be a free agent this winter. He said he would play winter ball in the Dominican Republic in part because "I have to find a job."