Penn under microscope


CLEARWATER, Fla. — This afternoon, Hayden Penn will pitch in his first major league spring game for the Pirates. Two days ago, as manager John Russell looked on, Penn tossed one quick inning against minor leaguers at Pirate City.

“It was a short look because he got through it pretty easy,” Russell said. “The velocity’s there, like we thought. He has a nice, little two-seamer. When he catches his curveball, it runs pretty good. It was a good outing, just for him to get his feet on the ground. It’s not so much (about) the results; it’s what we see with his pitches. Can what we see help us in April, May, June? Are there situations we might be able to use him? It’s a short evaluation, but it’s what we have to do.”

Penn will go at least one inning today against the Phillies. If it’s another quickie, Russell will send him out for a second inning.

Lineups for this afternoon’s Florida finale:

Pirates (7-18-1) — 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Ryan Church rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Lastings Milledge lf, 6. Jeff Clement 1b, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Daniel McCutchen rhp 9. Ronny Cedeno ss.

Phillies (12-12-1) — 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Placido Polanco 3b, 3. Chase Utley 2b, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Jayson Werth rf, 6. Raul Ibanez lf, 7. Shane Victorino cf, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, Jamie Moyer lhp.