Penn to go to extended Spring Training

Jenifer Langosch/

Rather than going to Triple-A as expected, Hayden Penn has been sent to participate in the Pirates’ extended Spring Training program in Florida.

General manager Neal Huntington said the decision to send Penn to Bradenton, Fla., rather than Indianapolis, was a mutual one and done with the goal of getting Penn stretched out to start.

“Now that he’s back to being a prospect with us, we want to develop him as a starter,” Huntington said. “In talking through it with Hayden, we felt this was best.”

There is no set timetable as for when Penn might be ready to rejoin Indianapolis, though the Pirates want to have him build up to at least one five-inning start before plugging him into a Minor League rotation. That will likely take about four weeks.

Penn initially accepted the Triple-A assignment after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on April 12. He made three appearances with the Pirates and allowed eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

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