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Penny was prepared for a playoff push

Former Cardinals starter Brad Penny couldn't get healthy in time to help St. Louis overcome the Reds.

But the former Birds hurler told the Associated Press that he was throwing by the end of the 2010 season and that he could have pitched for the Cardinals should they have qualified for the playoffs.

Penny thinks his health is going to help him fare better in his second time in the American League. With the Red Sox in 2009 he had problems harnessing his control.

Penny suffered shoulder problems in 2008 and 2009. He was 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA for Boston before being released and performing much better with the Giants.

“I was behind in the count,” Penny told the AP of his stay in the Junior Circuit. “If you’re behind in the count in the American League East, you’re in trouble.”