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Penny expected to miss only one start

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny has a strained
right biceps and is expected to miss one start after being forced to leave a weekend game because of pain in his arm.

Making his second start after being acquired in a trade with
Florida, the right-hander left Sunday's game after throwing only 14
pitches against Philadelphia.

An MRI exam Monday revealed there were neither tears nor
structural damage in his arm, Los Angeles spokesman John Olguin
said.

"It's obviously very good news for us," Olguin said.

It was originally feared that the injury was more serious
because of the severity of the pain in Penny's upper arm.

Penny left the mound after his 14th pitch and at first thought
he had a cramp. He then tried a practice pitch and jumped off the
mound, writhing in pain.

Penny, 26, joined the NL West leaders just before the trade
deadline in a deal that sent Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion to the Marlins.

In his debut with the Dodgers last week, Penny held Pittsburgh
to just two infield hits over eight scoreless innings.

In the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to Philadelphia, he retired two batters
and gave up a home run to Chase Utley before he was hurt.

Penny won two games in last year's World Series against the New York Yankees, helping the Marlins win their second championship. He
was charged with the loss Sunday, dropping to 9-9 with a 3.02 ERA
in 23 starts this season.

Kazuhisa Ishii, recently demoted to the bullpen, is a
possibility to fill in for Penny on Saturday when the Dodgers are
at Chicago.

Penny missed six weeks during the 2002 season because of what he
called an injured right shoulder. He was out with a similar injury
for six weeks in the 2000 season. He left one game last season
because of a sore right elbow, but made his next start.