Penny's MRI: 'No Structural Damage'

A Dodger spokesman reported that the MRI on Brad Penny's sore right shoulder revealed no structural damage and there was no decision on whether he will be placed on the disabled list. Penny has inflammation in the bursa sac and mild tendinitis. He was prescribed rest and rehabilitation and could resume throwing as soon as Friday.

Penny, who was pounded for seven runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Detroit, said the pain in his shoulder prevented him from commanding his fastball. He had been experiencing discomfort in his shoulder for several weeks and had been taking an oral anti-inflammatory before each start.

Penny will miss his scheduled start on Friday against Cleveland. Manager Joe Torre had said Chan Ho Park would probably pitch on Friday if Penny was to miss only one start, but if Penny needed to be put on the DL, his spot in the rotation would likely be taken by a pitcher promoted from the Minor Leagues.

Candidates include Las Vegas left-hander Eric Stults or right-hander Jason Johnson or perhaps right-hander James McDonald from Jacksonville.

Torre's comments about Park were made despite his unavailability for two games last week with a sore shoulder and before he allowed five runs on eight hits in 1 1/3 innings on Sunday. If Park is not healthy, Hong-Chih Kuo could get the call.

In other medical news, Nomar Garciaparra was cleared to start a rehabilitation assignment today with Las Vegas. Garciaparra, who is on the 60-day disabled list because of a strained right calf, is scheduled to get two at-bats in the first game of Las Vegas' four-game homestand. ...Chin-lung Hu, who had complained of blurred vision, was cleared to resume playing for Las Vegas after undergoing an exam that revealed no problems.