Brad Penny has been released by his Japanese baseball team, the SoftBank Hawks, after just one start, according to HardballTalk.
The Hawks signed Penny to a one-year, $4 million deal this offseason. Penny made his first start on April 4, and has not pitched since due to a sore shoulder.
Last season Penny posted an 11 record and a 5.30 ERA in 31 starts for the Detroit Tigers. Over the course of his career, he has posted a 4.23 ERA and 119 wins in 12 seasons. In 2006, Penny led the National League in wins with 16.