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4 Cliff Pennington SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 6/15/1984 | Birthplace: Corpus Christi, TX | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Arizona | College: Texas A&M | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 300.64
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Cliff Pennington has successful thumb surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb, the team announced.

Pennington will be out until at least August, as the team added that he'll be able to resume baseball activity in eight to 10 weeks. He has hit .257/.342/.343 in 70 at-bats.


Cliff Pennington will require surgery on thumb


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington will require surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, the Arizona Republic reports Tuesday.

Manager Kirk Gibson said Pennington will miss up to two months as a result of the procedure, though it is not yet clear when he will go under the knife. Pennington was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. 


Diamondbacks place Cliff Pennington on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Diamondbacks put shortstop Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his left thumb. He's hitting .243 with no homers and six RBI in 74 at-bats.

Cliff Pennington back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington was back in the lineup Sunday after missing several games with a thumb injury. Pennington is hitting .257 with six RBI in 70 at-bats.

Cliff Pennington remains out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pennington hasn't played since Tuesday due to a thumb injury. He has hit .257/.342/.343 in 70 at-bats.


Cliff Pennington sitting again Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Pennington was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a thumb injury. He's not the usual starter at short, so it's unclear whether Pennington is still hurt, or if he's available off the bench. He's hitting .257 in 70 at-bats. 


Cliff Pennington scratched Wednesday with thumb issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a thumb injury, FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Pennington hurt the thumb on his glove hand administering a tag on a slide Tuesday, and he'll get Wednesday off to recover. He has hit .257/.342/.343 with six RBI in 70 at-bats.


Cliff Pennington smacks three hits in rare start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington certainly took advantage of a rare start Thursday night. He hit three singles in five at-bats against San Francisco, including one that drove in two runs in the second inning.

Pennington, who had not started a game since April 2, singled in the eighth, then singled again, stole second and scored the winning run in the 10th.


Cliff Pennington takes paternity leave


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington will go on paternity leave for the next three games, the Arizona Republic reports. Pennington is expected to return to the club for Friday's game against Colorado.

Diamondbacks have plethora of shortstop options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The return of Willie Bloomquist after missing nearly two months with a broken bone in his hand has created a logjam at shortstop for Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. Bloomquist's return means Gibson has a three-man rotation at shortstop, which also includes Didi Gregorius and Cliff Pennington.

"I’ll rotate the guys somewhat," Gibson said, per The Arizona Republic. "We didn’t score any runs (Friday) night, and I think Willie is probably the best shortstop we have, the most offensive. He puts the bat on the ball and allows us to do stuff."

The situation could even become more crowded if the Diamondbacks choose to bring up prospect Chris Owings, who was named MVP of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A).

"He’s earned it, and he’s got a pretty good future ahead of him," Gibson said of Owings. "He’s going to fit in there somewhere, sometime, some way, somehow."


Cliff Pennington returns with a single


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington (foot) returned to action Saturday night against the Mets at Chase Field.

Pennington, who batted eighth, singled in the fifth inning for his only hit of the evening. He finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in a 4-1 defeat. He is hitting .239/.302/.304 with one home run and 17 RBI in 230 at-bats.

Cliff Pennington returns from foot injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, after missing four straight games with a foot injury. He is hitting eighth in the lineup.

Cliff Pennington still not ready to return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington was held out of Friday's lineup against the Mets as he continues to be bothered by a foot injury.

Pennington was hit in the foot by a pitch Saturday and has not played since. He is hitting .239/.302/.305 with one home run and 17 RBI in 226 at-bats.

X-rays negative on Cliff Pennington's foot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) X-rays on the foot of Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington were negative, and he is available to resume play when needed, MLB.com reports. Pennington hasn't played since being hit in the foot by a pitch Saturday.

Cliff Pennington sits Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington is not in the team's starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. He hasn't played since being struck on the foot by a pitch Saturday.

Cliff Pennington held out again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington was held out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rays as he continues to be bothered by a foot injury.

Pennington sat out Sunday's game after being hit on his left foot by a pitch on Saturday. He is hitting .239/.302/.305 in 226 at-bats this season.

Cliff Pennington out of lineup Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington is not in the team's starting lineup Monday against the Marlins. 

Pennington will be replaced by second baseman Willie Bloomquist, who will hit second. Pennington is hitting .239/.312/.310 in 155 at-bats. 


Cliff Pennington getting cozy with bench


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) With Didi Gregorius' emergence, Diamondbacks veteran shortstop Cliff Pennington has seen his playing time dwindle. In fact, he's been sharing time at second base with Josh Wilson and Martin Prado, and he's made just three starts since May 5.

He could see even less playing time when Aaron Hill (hand) comes off the disabled list. Pennington is batting just .212 through 34 games and isn't exactly forcing his way into the lineup.

"When you get a chance to play you got to play," Pennington said, per The Arizona Republic. "I got off to a slow start and had a rough stretch for a few at-bats, but I’ve been swinging it good in May and I feel good, so I just got to keep that going."


Cliff Pennington not getting much playing time


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington, who struck out in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter Sunday during a loss to Philadelphia, is batting just .210 this season entering Monday's games. Pennington has only started twice in the last six games and wasn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Atlanta, either. 

Pennington has seen just 17 at-bats over seven appearances and five starts in May. He's gone 4 for 17 (.235) over that stretch with a homer and six RBI. Josh Wilson and Martin Prado are seeing most of the starts at second base over Pennington. 


Cliff Pennington pops first homer


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington had a productive night at the plate in Wednesday's series finale against the Giants. He went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in the 9-6 loss.

The 28-year-old hit a three-run homer off starter Tim Lincecum in his first at-bat for his first long ball of the year. He doubled home Eric Chavez in the sixth inning.

Pennington has collected at least one hit in four straight games and has gone 6 for 13 (.462) during that stretch.

Cliff Pennington to play some 2B


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2013) With Aaron Hill going on the disabled list and Didi Gregorius being activated on Tuesday, Cliff Pennington will see some playing time at second base for the Diamondbacks going forward, MLB.com reports.

Pennington will slide over to second when Gregorius starts at shortstop. He played second down the stretch for the A's last season.

The 28-year-old is batting .267 (12 for 45) through 12 games with three RBI.

Cliff Pennington praised for his defense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2013) First-year Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington might not be making a big impression offensively, the team is pleased with his contributions, especially on the defensive end.

"He's been outstanding," Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell said, per MLB.com. "He's come over and done everything we were hoping for, we've been impressed. He's one of the reasons why we're at where we are. It's so far so good with him, he's brought what we needed and solidified the position."

Pennington, who has two errors through 12 games, ranks fourth among all qualifying shortstops in zone rating, which the percentage of balls fielded by a player in his typical defensive zone, as measured by STATS, Inc. He's also sixth in range factor, which is an advanced fielding percentage stat that takes into account the player's individual ability to get to each batted ball.

"He's able to do it all," Trammell said. "He often shows he has a real good God-given talent in certain plays, but that's a bonus for me. It's more about making the routine plays, and that's what I've seen out of him."


Frustrated Cliff Pennington gets tossed


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington has been struggling at the plate to open the season, and he let his frustration get the best of him Saturday against the Dodgers.

Pennington was ejected from the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after slamming his bat on home plate following a called third strike. He was 1 for 3 in the game with a run scored and a pair of strikeouts.

Pennington is batting just .238 with one extra-base hit in 42 at bats. He has struck out 10 times. 


Cliff Pennington playing every inning at shortstop


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington has spent every inning of the team's first nine games at shortstop, including all of a 16-inning contest in the first week of the season. The Diamondbacks are short on options at the position with both Willie Bloomquist and Didi Gregorius on the disabled list.

Pennington may be in for a night off in the team's weekend series agianst the Dodgers. He has struggled against left-handers in his career, and the Diamondbacks are slated to face southpaws on Friday and Saturday. If he sits, utlility infielder Josh Wilson would likely draw the start at shortstop.


Cliff Pennington hits walk-off single


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington hit a walk-off single to give the Diamondbacks the win in a wild 16-inning game against the Cardinals.

Pennington went 3 for 6 with three singles during the affair. He also walked twice. Pennington has been batting eighth this season, and could see his on-base percentage increase as teams walk him to face Arizona's pitcher. He should play quite a bit, but isn't a threat to hit for power.