http://www.projo.com/redsox/content/red ... d9a19.html
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brad Penny will close out the Red Sox’ spring in Florida Thursday with a fair amount riding on what would normally be a fairly mundane spring training start.
Penny is likely to throw roughly 80 pitches Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, who also train in Fort Myers. It is the final test to determine whether Penny has fully recovered from the shoulder weakness that has plagued him for the past year. If he looks good, he will start in his first rotation turn, April 12. If he doesn’t, Clay Buchholz will get the April 12 start in his place.
Well Penny's line wasn't terrible....5 Inn, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 0 BB and Francona was quoted as saying he was pleased with the outing:http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=290402109
My guess would be that Penny is given the 5th spot in the rotation to start the season and Clay goes down to AAA. He'll be back up before long because the combination of Wakefield, Penny and Smoltz has a lot of age and question marks. Someone is going to get hurt or not pan out and Clay will get the call.
Oh, and FWIW, I have to believe that there's really little chance that he gets traded to comment on a previous post.