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Penny released by Japanese team after one start

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The Softbank Hawks have already gotten their money's worth of Brad Penny.

The Japanese Pacific League team released the former major league pitcher after one start, the Hawks announced Tuesday.

Penny requested his release. He reportedly was having difficulty adjusting to life in Japan, according to the Asahi Shimbun, a newspaper in Japan. He also had reportedly suffered a shoulder injury after making his only start and had missed the past month.

"It is unfortunate," Koji Akiyama, the Hawks' manager, told Nikkan Sports. "But part of it is his feelings and then there is also his shoulder. It cannot be helped."

Penny went 11-11 last season for the Detroit Tigers with a 5.30 ERA. He also pitched with the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

He has offers to pitch as a starter and a reliever in the major leagues and expects to decide on a destination soon, a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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