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Friday, January 10, 2003
Penny surprised over Reds' concerns about his health

By Peter Gammons
Special to

Brad Penny was in the middle of his daily workout and throwing session with A.J. Burnett when he heard the news that not only that the Marlins had tried to trade him, but one of the holdups to the deal was that the Reds had serious concerns about his physical condition.

"This is ridiculous, I'm fine," Penny said Friday morning after his workout. "I had some bicep tendinitis during the season, but the last month I was throwing 96 and 97 and felt great. I have been feeling great all winter."

So, Friday morning Penny went to see Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest and demanded to see his medical records.

"Larry told me that I am fine, there is nothing wrong," said Penny, who was also assured that Cincinnati has all the records. "He assured me that I would have all the records Monday and will go see a doctor.

"What's crazy is that I haven't had an MRI for three years, and the last time I had one the doctor told me I didn't have any of the normal wear of a pitcher. All I can figure is that there's some confusion over my shoulders. A few years ago I did have some rotator cuff problems in my shoulder -- but it was my left shoulder, not the right (throwing) shoulder. I remember (then Marlin assistant GM) Al Avila asking me about my shoulder, and when I told him the problem was in the left one, he was surprised.

"I just want this cleared up, because I'm healthy and looking forward to the biggest season of my career."

Cincinnati got some of the medical records Thursday, and was to have the rest Friday. The Reds had hoped to complete a possible three-way deal that would send Bartolo Colon to Florida, but the Marlins pulled the plug on the deal Friday. The Reds are still believed to have interest in Penny.