Pena was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with left knee inflammation. 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.
Pena announced on Twitter this Tuesday that he will be joining the U.S. Army Reserve this offseason. 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.
Pena (knee) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 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.
Pena (knee) is expected to be activated off of the disabled list on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. 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.
Pena (knee) rejoined the Cardinals on Monday but will not be activated prior to their game, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. 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.