Penny asks for, gets his release

Updated: August 27, 2009, 11:12 AM ET
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Struggling Boston Red Sox right-hander Brad Penny asked for and was granted his release Wednesday night. Newly acquired reliever Billy Wagner will take his spot on the roster.

"I asked for my release and I got it," Penny said, according to the Boston Herald.

Penny (7-8) was 1-6 in his past 11 starts and has a 5.61 ERA. He will be placed on waivers Thursday, according to the Herald, and will clear on Monday. He can talk to other interested teams while he is on waivers.

"I had some bad breaks and made some bad pitches," Penny said, according to the newspaper. "But I'm healthy, and that's what I'm happy about. This isn't last year, when I was hurt. If that had been the case, I'd be upset.

"All in all I had a great time here. My shoulder is healthy and I'm glad I came here. It was a blessing."

Penny signed a one-year contract worth $5 million last offseason with the Red Sox.