Giants land Penny for stretch run

Pitcher Brad Penny reached terms late Monday on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Pitcher Brad Penny reached terms late Monday on a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Penny, released last Thursday by the Boston Red Sox, had to clear waivers and be signed by Monday to be eligible to pitch in the post-season. 

San Francisco is tied with the Colorado Rockies for the lead in the National League wild-card race.

Penny, 31, was 7-8 with a 5.61 earned-run average in 24 starts for Boston, which signed him to a one-year, $5-million US contract on Feb. 11.

The veteran right-hander enjoyed a solid start before stumbling to a 1-6 mark over his final 11 starts.

Penny posted a combined 32-13 record in 2006 and 2007 — a superior showing in those years to those of fellow free-agent hurlers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, who inked multi-year deals with the New York Yankees over the off-season for $161 million US and $82.5 million US, respectively.

Penny went 6-9 with a 6.27 ERA in a career-low 17 starts last season, spending 86 of the final 120 days on the DL with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

He is 101-83 lifetime with a 4.18 ERA in 273 appearances (269 starts) since he broke into the major leagues with the Florida Marlins on April 7, 2000.

Los Angeles acquired Penny, Bill Murphy and Hee Seop Choi from the Marlins for Paul Lo Duca, Juan Encarnacion and Guillermo Mota on July 30, 2004.

With files from The Associated Press