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Torre not expecting Penny back in '08

Torre not expecting Penny back in '08

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he is assuming injured starting pitcher Brad Penny will not return this season.

"I can't think Penny is going to come back," he said. "It's nothing anybody has said. It's off what happened this year. Coming off the DL, it's been a slow process. He had only one rehab start, but it just seems it doesn't feel right to him."

An MRI on Penny's shoulder, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, showed an increase of scar tissue in the front of the shoulder, impinging on the rotator cuff and causing inflammation.

Penny hasn't ruled out a return. He said he probably wouldn't attempt to begin tossing until he's been shut down 10 days. He last pitched Wednesday, his second start after missing seven weeks with shoulder tendinitis and bursitis. In that start, he allowed three home runs and six runs in three innings.

Torre said he's heard nothing new since the Trade Deadline about talks between the Dodgers and Padres for Greg Maddux, the presumed choice if management goes outside of the organization to replace Penny in the rotation.

Torre said Eric Stults remains as one option to move into the rotation next Saturday, when Penny's turn would next come up. Initially, his spot is being skipped because of Monday's day off. Another option is James McDonald, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Penny is in the third year of a contract extension that includes a club option for 2009 at $9.25 million or a $2 million buyout.

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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