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So, the first pitcher out of the rotation will not be rookie Junichi Tazawa or the untested Clay Buchholz, but rather veteran starter Brad Penny, who will now make way for Tim Wakefield. Wake has recovered from a lower back strain, an injured left hamstring, and an injured left calf, and will start Wednesday night against the White Sox.
Wakefield, 43, hasn’t pitched since the All-Star break. In the first half, the first-time All-Star went 11-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts.
Penny, meanwhile, was bumped from the rotation after allowing eight earned runs in 4+ innings against the Yankees Friday. Lately, he has not given his team a chance to win, and is just 1-6 in his last 11 starts. Overall this year, Penny is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 24 starts.