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Penn Gets Pummeled, Out of Rotation

Thanks to a second straight disastrous outing, Hayden Penn is officially out of the Orioles' pitching rotation conversation.

Penn got battered for six runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

With Penn out, the rotation figures to look like this:

  1. Jeremy Guthrie
  2. Koji Uehara
  3. Adam Eaton
  4. Mark Hendrickson
  5. Alfredo Simon

The last three pitchers will fall into some kind of order but Simon has clearly had the best spring out of the five mentioned above.

Despite struggles all spring, Penn was given one last chance to seize a spot in the rotation but sputtered to a 10.06 ERA and a 0-3 record to go with it. Manager Dave Trembley essentially threw down the gauntlet earlier this week in saying that Simon and Penn would each have a start to show the organization something.

Simon stepped up, Penn did not, something he readily admitted following yesterday's loss.

"For me to say I'm not disappointed, I'd be lying right to your face. I'm very disappointed," Penn said. "I thought I'd come out here and have a better showing, but it didn't happen for me. But the next time I get the ball, I just have to correct it."

It had seemed a foregone conclusion that Penn would at the very least make the team's Opening Day roster even if only as a member of the bullpen since he's out of options but his dicey spring has even thrown that into question.

The Sun's Peter Schmuck speculates on that, noting that the Orioles would ideally like to see Penn slip through waivers then re-claim him and assign him to the minors but Penn's youth and past displays of talent would make that fairly difficult to pull off.

For Penn's part, he seems to realize he's let a big opportunity pass by.

"I've been saying all spring, it's either I get it done or I don't. I didn't today and I haven't all spring, so whatever happens happens. It's out of my hands."

So what's next for Hayden Penn?

By CJ Holley  |  April 1, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
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