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Pena to get more time behind dish

Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 5:45 pm
 
Brayan Pena With 105 games to his name, Jason Kendall has played in 92 percent of Kansas City's games -- near-unheard of for a catcher. Yadier Molina has played in 103, Brian McCann (99), Russell Martin (97) and A.J. Pierzynski (92). Mike Napoli has played an even 100, but he has also seen a lot of time at DH and first. Joe Mauer has 99, but has seen time at DH.

Kendall hit for a .271/.333/.320 line in 340 plate appearances prior to the first half, which is in line with his previous years. However, in the second half, he's slipped to .222/.293/.247 in 93 PAs. For a 36-year-old playing this often, that's a rather predictable falloff.

That's why backup Brayan Pena (pictured) is going to start getting some time, manager Ned Yost tells the Kansas City Star . Pena has just 59 plate appearances on the season, hitting for a lousy .173/.254/.212 as a 28-year-old. Last season, he hit .273/.318/.442 in 183 trips to the plate.

"I want to give Brayan a better look than we’ve given him," Yost said. "He’s really worked his tail off. He’s done a great job. He’s had eight starts [at catcher before Wednesday], and I’m going to try to give him 15 between now and the end of the year at least."

If it's exactly 15, that means Kendall will play in about 74 percent of Royals games the rest of the way.

-- Evan Brunell

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