Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena started Tuesday's game with Devin Mesoraco (hip) out, but failed to record a hit in three at bats.

Pena has started three straight games now with Mesoraco out, but has yet to drive in a run or score one on his own. After the game, Reds manager Bryan Price said Mesoraco wasn't going to be placed on the DL, meaning he could return any day, which would send Pena back to the bench.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena (shoulder) is in the lineup again Monday against the Cubs, Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Pena injured his shoulder making a headfirst slide into first base Sunday, but with Devin Mesoraco (hip) back in Cincinnati, he will start again Monday anyway. The Reds called up Kyle Skipworth as insurance behind the plate Monday, and they may need to turn to him if Pena's shoulder should give him any trouble.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena injured his left shoulder attempting a headfirst slide into first base on an infield hit.

Pena was getting a rare spot start in place of Devin Mesoraco. He was replaced by Kris Negron as a pinch-runner.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena will start at catcher Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Pena will make his first start of 2015, as Devin Mesoraco had handled catching duties for the Reds' first five games. He was a big part of an injury-laden Cincinnati lineup in 2014, slashing .253/.291/.353 with five homers in 372 plate appearances. With Joey Votto back at first base, Pena expects to see a significantly decreased workload, so he'll have to make the most of his opportunities.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 4 weeks ago

Pena is in the lineup for Monday's spring training game against the Padres in place of the injured Devin Mesoraco.

Mesoraco's hamstring injury doesn't appear to be serious, but Mesoraco did have two stints on the DL last year, so Pena might get a little more playing time than initially expected.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 7 months ago

Pena is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

Jack Hannahan will take over first base duties in place of Pena, who will not start for the fourth consecutive game. He appeared Tuesday as a pinch hitter, getting a double in his lone at bat, but has been struggling of late with just two hits in his last 16 at bats.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 7 months ago

Pena is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardianls, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Pena will yield the start at first base to Todd Frazier on Saturday, who will move over to first while Kristopher Negron gets the start at third base. Pena is just 1-for-15 over his last five games, but will be able to use Saturday to clear his head.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 7 months ago

Pena is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

This will be the third time in the last four games that Pena will not start, but it appears manager Bryan Price is just trying to give his regular starters some rest. Jack Hannahan will make the start at first in his place.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 7 months ago

Pena is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer

Pena started five of the last six games for the Reds, but manager Bryan Price decided it was time for a day off. Todd Frazier will man first base for the Reds on Sunday.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 7 months ago

Pena (illness) is back in the lineup Friday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Pena will rejoin the lineup behind the plate Friday after being scratched Thursday due to an illness. He will now give Devin Mesoraco the day he had scheduled off Thursday.