A familiar face will play a role in the St. Louis Cardinals playoff hopes Saturday night.
Former Redbirds hurler Brad Penny has been called to the major leagues by the Miami Marlins to face St. Louis' division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds.
Penny looked like another of the Cardinals' great veteran reclamation finds when he won his first three decisions in dominating fashion in 2010. Through four games he managed at least seven innings in each start and had an ERA of 0.94.
But he started to struggle after the hot start and found himself 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA on May 21 when it was announced that Penny had strained a muscle in his back and would go on the disabled list.
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What was supposed to be a short inactive period drug on... and on... and Penny never started another game for a Cardinals staff that could have used him.
In 2011 Penny signed with the Detroit Tigers and won 11 games -- albeit with a 5.30 ERA. He made 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 but hasn't pitched in the major leagues since.
Hopefully, Penny can summon some of his old magic and beat the Reds with his original team. Cincinnati has refused to fall back in the Central Division race and the Cardinals, who have fallen to half a game back of Pittsburgh in third place, could use all the help they can get.