Apologies is this roster move was addressed in another thread:
from CSN Bay Area:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bullpen coach Mark Gardner has a new toy; the Giants purchased Brad Penny's contract from Triple-A Fresno Friday. His spot on the 25-man roster was cleared when the team placed relief pitcher Shane Loux on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain, retroactive to Tuesday. In order to clear space on the 40-man roster, Eric Surkamp and his tender pitching elbow were transferred to the 60-day DL.
Penny, who went 4-1 for the Giants in six September starts in 2009, will immediately assume Loux's vacated roll in the 'pen. "I'll use him anywhere," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Long man, middle relief to start."
It works for Penny, who arrived at AT&T Park just before taking the field for warm-ups. "Whatever they want me to do," he said.
With Brian Wilson out for the season and Guillermo Mota serving a 100-game drug suspension, the Giants will count on Penny for a veteran presence in the bullpen, one with a chance to make an immediate impact.
Bochy said Penny's reported shoulder injury -- the one that seemed to be part of the reason he was released from the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League after just one start in early May -- is not an issue at all.
"I had a little tendinitis, probably," Penny said. "But (the injury) was overblown."
Penny said the adjustment to playing ball in Japan was a tough one, citing the language barrier as one reason he didn't enjoy it as much.
"It's just nice to be back," Penny said. "I'd really rather come here than anywhere else."
In 8 1/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Fresno since he signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on May 18, Penny has allowed eight runs -- five earned -- on nine hits. He walked and struck out three.
His last two outings with Fresno were of the two-inning variety. Throwing multiple innings was a hurdle the team wanted Penny to clear before he was promoted as they stretch out the former starter. Another hurdle was throwing on back-to-back nights, which Penny accomplished on June 20 and 21.
Penny started 31 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2011, going 11-11 with a 5.30 ERA. He's mighty comfortable pitching at AT&T Park, where he owns a 7-2 career record, a 2.82 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 26 walks.
In order to accommodate Penny, who prefers jersey No. 31, Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens will change his jersey to No. 37.
Loux injured his neck working out prior to Thursday's game. He had X-rays and an MRI Friday morning that revealed the strained muscle.
"Two, three, four days, if not longer," Bochy said. Loux is expected to be ready when he is eligible for activation after the All-Star break. The Giants open a three-game series at AT&T Park against the Houston Astros on Friday the 13th.
original link: http://www.csnbayarea.com/baseball-san-francisco-giants/giants-talk/Penny-returns----Giants-purchase-minor-l?blockID=733070&feedID=2539
8.1 innings with 5 earned??? :)
good for team morale.
They brought Penny up so he and Zito could swap Alyssa Milano stories!
This is one of those times where I think you (and by you I mean a fan, not just singling you out) may be reaching for straws in an attempt to justify a roster move...
Pretty sure the reasons for signing Penny were as follows:
-He's had success in the Pen before
-He's had success in SF before
-Vet presence in the Pen that isn't of AAAA variety
-He throws 95 coming out of the pen
-He was free and cost the team nothing but a league minimum deal