Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
1 week ago

Pena was released by the Cardinals on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

He was recently designated for assignment and the two sides opted to part ways so that Pena could pursue another opportunity. Pena typically straddles the line of replacement level player, and could get an opportunity with a team in need of catching depth, although he is unlikely to serve in more than a reserve role.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
2 weeks ago

Pena was designated for assignment on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster after signing reliever Brett Cecil to a four-year deal, and Pena was a logical casualty. He is obviously behind Yadier Molina and was recently passed on the organizational depth chart by Carson Kelly. Look for Pena to serve as catching depth at the Triple-A level if he remains in the organization.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
3 months ago

Pena (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Now presumably healthy, Pena will compete with Alberto Rosario for reps behind the rarely-rested Yadier Molina. Don't expect much offense from the 34-year-old Pena, as the veteran owns a .648 OPS over his last three seasons.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
4 months ago

Pena (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Palm Beach on Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pena's season has been filled with injuries, so much so that he's only played in four games. During his limited action, he's managed to go just 1-for-8 at the plate. Upon his activation from the DL, Pena will return to his role as Yadier Molina's backup.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
5 months ago

Pena was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with left knee inflammation.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals will lose some catching depth behind Yadier Molina, but other than that this shouldn't have much of an impact on their lineup. The 34-year-old had appeared in just four games this season, slashing .125/.222/.125 while failing to tally a run or RBI. Alberto Rosario was called up in a corresponding move.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
5 months ago

Pena announced on Twitter this Tuesday that he will be joining the U.S. Army Reserve this offseason.

EDGE Analysis

Pena, 34, defected from Cuba years ago and is currently an American citizen. He has apparently been contemplating joining the Army for some time, although his contract prohibits fully enlisting in the Army. While the announcement doesn't affect Pena's ability to play for the Cardinals this season, it looks like his career might not last much longer once the season is up.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
5 months ago

Pena (knee) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following an extended rehab assignment at the Double-A and Triple-A levels, Pena will replace Eric Fryer as the Cardinals' backup catcher. Pena has yet to play in the majors this season, and he had just 10 hits (all singles) in 52 at-bats during his stay in the minors.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
5 months ago

Pena (knee) is expected to be activated off of the disabled list on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a corresponding move to activate Pena, the Cardinals expect to designate current backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment. Over Pena's 20-day rehab assignment, he slashed an unimpressive .192/.218/.192.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
5 months ago

Pena (knee) rejoined the Cardinals on Monday but will not be activated prior to their game, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a good sign as Pena is likely to return very soon. The 33-year-old has yet to play at the major league level in 2016, but he did hit .273/.334/.324 in 108 games with the Reds last season. Once activated, he will likely serve as a reserve to Yadier Molina.

Brayan Pena
C/DH STL
6 months ago

Pena (knee) took a leave from his rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield for personal reasons, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unknown when Pena will return to his rehab assignment, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says it should be sometime in the near future. In his time with Springfield, Pena has shown mobility behind the plate, but has just three hits after 19 at-bats. Upon his return, Pena will remain in the minors for additional at-bats so he can fix his timing at the plate.