15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 3 weeks ago

Pena (knee) underwent surgery Tuesday and is expected to need about a month to recover, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The surgery was to remove a loose piece of cartilage from his left knee, and while the club initially believed it might only be a two-week recovery, the team is now prepared to be without him for the rest of April. He should serve as the Cardinals backup catcher when he rejoins the team in May.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 4 weeks ago

Pena (knee) will start the season on the disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to Langosch, Pena is set to undergo a procedure to remove a loose body in his left knee. Pena is the latest Cardinal expected to make the the Opening Day roster to go down to injury late in spring training. He is expected to miss anywhere between two and four weeks, so Eric Fryer will be the Cardinals' interim backup catcher.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 1 month ago

Pena (arm) went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pena was slowed in the middle of the month by an arm injury, but that he played three games in a span of four days to close out last week suggests that he's ready to open the season as the Cards' backup catcher behind Yadier Molina.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 1 month ago

Pena (arm) will throw from 120 feet today as he hasn't thrown since Saturday after experience right arm tightness, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nothing too alarming here assuming Pena can throw without issue today. He'll serve as the primary backup to Yadier Molina this season and could provide small doses of fantasy value should Molina struggle with injuries like last year.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 5 months ago

Pena signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pena started 84 games behind the plate for the Reds this season, but he'll likely be reduced to more of a backup role with Yadier Molina behind the dish in St. Louis. He'll be 33 years old at the start of the 2016 season, but has proved to be a solid contact hitter after posting a .273 average with a 34:29 K:BB ratio for Cincinnati in 2015.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 7 months ago

Pena (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pena had been out of the starting lineup since Sept. 8 with a strained right hamstring, with Tucker Barnhart filling in behind the plate during his absence. With that being said, it's tough to envision Pena staying in at catcher the entire game, meaning Barnhart could get more at-bats later in the game. The 33-year-old catcher will continue what is arguably his best season as a pro when he hits sixth in the order against the Cards.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 7 months ago

Pena (hamstring) is out of Monday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pena has served as a pinch hitter each of the last three games, but hasn't progressed to the point of being able to catch nine innings. With Tucker Barnhart in need of a day off, Ramon Cabrera will receive the call behind the dish Monday, batting eighth for the Reds.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 7 months ago

Pena (hamstring) will once again sit out Sunday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pena continues to rest his hamstring issue, and he will rest through Sunday as well. Tucker Barnhart receives another start behind the plate in his place, batting eighth.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 7 months ago

Pena (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 33-year-old pinch hit in Friday's game, his first appearance since Sept. 9, but evidently Pena still has not been cleared to return behind the plate. Tucker Barnhart starts again for Cincinnati.

15DBrayan Pena C/DH STL 7 months ago

Pena (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Another day, another absence for Pena, who has been out since Sept. 9 with a hamstring strain. He's technically day-to-day, but the Reds have provided little information as to his progress, so it's uncertain if they expect him back anytime in the near future.