Francisco Pena

#47 C / St. Louis Cardinals / EXP: 5YRS / MINORS Height: 6-1 Weight: 223 lb Age: 29 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Giants' Francisco Pena: Sent to San Francisco

      Francisco Pena was traded from the Cardinals to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday for cash considerations, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.Pena will provide organizational catching depth for the Giants, who recently promoted veteran backstop Stephen Vogt to the big-league roster. The 29-year-old Pena owns a career .216/.249/.311 slash line across parts of five major-league campaigns (86 games). He'll report to Triple-A Sacramento.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Loses out on backup job

      Francisco Pena lost the backup catcher job battle to Matt Wieters and can now either accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis or sign with another team, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.Pena has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to be granted a release in order to sign with another team as Grapefruit League play concludes. Pena had a solid spring at the plate, hitting .278 with a double and three RBI over 18 at-bats. The 29-year-old backstop's agent will now survey the landscape over the coming days to see if there is interest from another big-league club in Pena.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Still in contention for backup role

      Francisco Pena (oblique), who went 0-for-3 and threw out a runner in his return to the lineup against the Nationals on Saturday, remains in contention for the backup catcher role, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.The fact Pena returned to action Saturday after an 11-day absence still gives manager Mike Shildt a few games to evaluate him before a final decision, one which the skipper said will be made "within a week." Pena had gone 5-for-14 with three RBI over five Grapefruit League games before his injury, so he'd put together a solid body of work that helped him maintain his candidacy during his absence. Notably, both Pena and Matt Wieters are in the same boat with respect to their contracts -- both have opt-out clauses in their minor-league deals that would allow them to become free agents if they don't make the Opening Day roster.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Checks into lineup

      Francisco Pena (oblique) will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.The Cardinals' choice to use Pena at catcher rather than as a designated hitter in his first spring action since March 5 implies that he's moved past the left oblique strain that sidelined him for a week and a half. The 29-year-old will face a stiff test in his return with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer on the bump for Washington.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Expects to play Saturday

      Francisco Pena (oblique) should return to action for Saturday's spring game against Washington, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.As previously anticipated, the 29-year-old backstop will return to spring games over the weekend after recovering from a left oblique strain. Pena was off to a strong start at the dish prior to suffering the injury, going 5-for-14 with three RBI.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Could be back by weekend

      Francisco Pena (oblique) could be cleared to return to the St. Louis Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup by the end of the week, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.Since suffering a side injury in a March 5 game against the Phillies, Pena has been cleared to resume swinging, suggesting his oblique strain is of the mild variety. The injury has nonetheless damaged Pena's already minimal chances of breaking camp with the big club, as non-roster invitee Matt Wieters looks like the clear frontrunner to emerge as the backup to top backstop Yadier Molina.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Out two weeks

      Francisco Pena will miss 10-to-15 days with an oblique injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.Pena suffered the injury during Tuesday's game against the Phillies. A two-week return timeline would still give him a bit of time to get ready for Opening Day, though his chances of breaking camp with the big-league team were reduced when the club signed Matt Wieters in late February.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Removed with possible side injury

      Francisco Pena exited Tuesday's game against the Phillies with an apparent side injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.Pena was removed after wincing and grabbing his side during an at-bat in the seventh inning. He was promptly replaced by Andrew Knizner behind the dish. Pena should be considered day-to-day until he's further evaluated.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Drives in two Tuesday

      Francisco Pena went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.Pena struck out in his first at-bat, but responded by producing a double and run-scoring single in his next two trips to the plate. The veteran backstop is expected to compete with Andrew Knizner and Matt Wieters -- who was signed to a minor-league contract Tuesday -- for the team's backup catching gig.

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      Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Back with Cardinals

      Francisco Pena signed a minor-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.Pena will return to St. Louis after appearing in 58 games for the Cardinals in 2018. The 29-year-old hit just .203/.239/.271 and doesn't project as anything more than a backup to Yadier Molina in 2019.