Hayden Penn made another rehab start, this time in Aberdeen with the short season single-A club. He was able to manage to get through 4 innings, facing 19 batters, giving up 4 runs (2 earned), while walking 2 batters and striking out 5. Though it was just 4 innings for Penn, the defense did commit 3 errors behind him, leading to the two unearned runs.
After talking with pitching coach Calvin Maduro after the game, the consensus is that he is almost ready to head back to Norfolk.
"The talk so far is that he is leaving for Norfolk tomorrow (August 17), but we are not sure."
Though Hayden was only able to get through 4 innings on an 80-pitch pitch count, Maduro felt Penn did not get any help from the umpires.
"He was locating his pitches tonight but we had a bad umpire behind the plate," Maduro told Inside The Warehouse. "The higher levels you go you have to throw down in the zone and he was throwing down all night, and the umpire thought it was a ball. If you play in the higher levels, you know that is a strike. Squeezing is really generous for that umpire."
Penn was unavailable after the game, but look for Penn to be back in Norfolk in just a couple days, barring any setback.
"His arm feels perfect. It's nice and easy and topped at 93 [MPH]."
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