Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 4 days ago

Pena isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

Pena has swung the bat well this season, sticking .322/.398/.367 with four RBI and six runs in 28 games. He'll receive his second day off in four contests Wednesday, with Tucker Barnhart starting behind the plate and batting ninth.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena went 3-for-4 a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Braves. He's now hitting .355/.429/.411 on the season.

Pena and Tucker Barnhart have been alternating starts behind the plate lately while Devin Mesoraco can't catch. This is the upper bound of what Pena can do, and he's unlikely to keep this up, but he's not what's wrong with the Reds offense.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena is out of the lineup Monday against the Braves.

Pena will receive a day off following a 2-for-4 day at the plate Sunday. He's now collected a hit in four straight and seven of the last eight games, and sits at .333/.413/.377 on the season. Tucker Barnhart will catch for the Reds on Monday, batting eighth.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Pena is out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

This comes as no surprise as Pena started the first half of Saturday's doubleheader. Tucker Barnhart will slot in as the backstop for the nightcap.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 3 weeks ago

Pena is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves.

Tucker Barnhart will be rewarded with another start after going 1-for-2 with his first home run of the season Wednesday. Pena has seen most of the time in place of Devin Mesoraco (hip) and has fared well, going 13-for-42 with three doubles, eight walks and six strikeouts. Mesoraco isn't expected to be able to catch for another 7-to-10 days.

Brayan Pena C/1B CIN 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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.