The wall is not your enemy, Brad Penny.
Penny reportedly punched a wall and injured his non-throwing hand after having what was described as a "dismal" outing Thursday for the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League play. The club released Penny, a right-hander who has not pitched in the majors since 2012, on Friday.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that "a person with knowledge of the situation" said that Penny hurt himself in anger after allowing four runs in two innings against the White Sox. That could do it! Have you seen their lineup? Anyway.
Penny made a denial via Twitter to reporter Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:
Penny has allowed seven runs in four innings overall in Cactus League play and, considering he's nearly 36 years old and has compiled nearly 1,900 major league innings, appears to be washed up. Royals manager Ned Yost praised Penny's work ethic but said there's no opportunities in K.C. — even though the Royals just lost Luke Hochevar for the season to an elbow injury. The fifth starter for the Royals will either be Danny Duffy or Yordano Ventura.
If the sources aren't wrong, it sounds like Penny is trying to go out like Kevin Brown, who punched a wall in Sept. 2004 when playing for the Yankees. The action ended Brown's season, but he came back to pitch the next season, finishing his career. Penny, who broke in with the Marlins in 2000, made two All-Star teams and finished third in Cy Young voting with the Dodgers in 2007. He's also pitched for the Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals and Tigers.