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Penny won't return before All-Star break

Penny won't return before All-Star break

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny shut down his simulated game in the fourth inning Saturday at AT&T Park because of continued shoulder discomfort and will not return to the rotation until after the All-Star break.

Penny, who has been disabled since June 15 with tendinitis and inflammation in the bursa sac, will be re-examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday. Penny underwent an MRI three weeks ago that showed no structural damage in the shoulder, but has not had a cortisone shot, relying on therapy and anti-inflammatory medication.

"I still feel it," said Penny.

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Penny faced teammates Andruw Jones, Delwyn Young, Danny Ardoin and Luis Maza in the simulated game. He threw 46 pitches over three innings and made five more in the fourth before walking off the mound, speaking briefly to manager Joe Torre and trainer Stan Conte before leaving for the clubhouse.

"He stopped himself. He felt something in the back of the shoulder," said Torre. "He said it was a little tight from the second to third inning. He felt something a time or two but it didn't stop him. He didn't do anything on that particular pitch, but all of a sudden something was weird. His split was good; he used all of his pitches. He didn't hesitate from the stretch or windup, but he said he felt it a time or two."

Torre said Conte "didn't seem alarmed, structurally." But Torre said it probably would have been better if Penny had cut the session short the first time he felt something.

"He should tell you for his own well-being," Torre said. If it was something, a major issue, I don't think he would pitch."

Penny had complained of shoulder discomfort sporadically for more than a month without missing a start, but said the pain worsened during pregame warmups and during his June 14 start in Detroit, when he allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Penny is 5-9 with a seven-game losing streak and 5.88 ERA. Last year, he made his second All-Star Game appearance and finished 16-4 with a 3.03 ERA.

Torre said that Chan Ho Park, who started in Penny's place Saturday, would remain in the rotation through the All-Star break, when the pitching order will be adjusted.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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