Penny steps off plane, arrives at Spring Training
The first official workout for Tigers pitchers and catchers isn’t until
Monday, but it was hard to tell from the procession of pitchers throwing
off the back mounds at Tigertown Friday morning. Most os f the pitchers
in camp are already here. That now includes Brad Penny, who stepped off
his red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Orlando and went straight to
Lakeland for his first workout in Tigers gear.
“Couldn’t wait to get here,” Penny said Friday morning.
Considering he hasn’t pitched in a game since last May, he’s had it with
waiting. The oblique injury that ended his season early is now a thing
of the past, but the time off might pay off dividends this year. Because
he had so much time this offseason, he more this winter than usual. In
past years, he said, he’d throw one bullpen session before reporting to
camp. He has several under his belt now, though Friday wasn’t his day to throw. He worked out with the pitchers and hit the weight room.
Penny won’t need long to feel at home. He received the Spring Training
locker at the start of the pitching corridor, previously occupied by
Todd Jones and Jeremy Bonderman. Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, Jose Valverde,
Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander are down the line.
For those who were wondering, Penny will wear number 31, Zach Miner’s old digits.