Penny, who hadn't pitched in five weeks, exits early

SAN DIEGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny left his first start in more than five weeks in the fourth inning Wednesday night with irritation of a nerve in his pitching arm.

Penny threw a pitch to San Diego's Jay Payton and immediately
grimaced while holding his right arm. Dodgers manager Jim Tracy and
assistant trainer Matt Wilson came out to the mound.

The Padres led 3-0 when Penny left after throwing 75 pitches.

Penny was acquired in a six-player deal with the Florida Marlins
on July 30, but was making only his third start since the trade. He
left his start Aug. 8 against Philadelphia in the first inning with
a strained right biceps. Penny was placed on the disabled list Aug.
15 and was activated from the DL before Wednesday's game.