SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Brad Penny is back in the big leagues, via Japan and Fresno.
The Giants purchased the contract of the right-hander Friday to give manager Bruce Bochy a versatile reliever in the bullpen. He can pitch two innings.
Penny takes the spot of Shane Loux, placed on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his neck during a workout Thursday. He underwent an MRI exam Friday that revealed the injury.
San Francisco transferred left-hander Eric Surkamp to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Penny signed a minor league contract May 18. After nearly joining the Giants this spring, he called Bochy when things didn't work out in Japan. While he would like to return to starting someday, Penny is eager for his second stint in San Francisco.
The Associated Press