Veteran right-hander Penny to play in Japan

Veteran right-hander Penny to play in Japan

Right-hander Brad Penny is headed to Japan's Pacific League after 12 seasons in the Majors, The Associated Press reported Sunday morning.

The SoftBank Hawks, based in Fukuoka, announced the signing on their website.

Penny, 33, posted an 11-11 record, 5.30 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 62 walks last season with the Tigers, his fifth team in the past four seasons. He was expected to arrive in Japan on Wednesday.

If Penny does not return to the Majors, his career line will include a 119-99 record and a 4.23 ERA between six teams, primarily the Marlins and Dodgers.

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