Pena was traded from the Cardinals to the 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.
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.
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.
Pena (oblique) will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday in the 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.
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.
Pena (oblique) could be cleared to return to the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pena signed a minor-league contract with the 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.
Pena was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Pena appeared in 28 games for the Cardinals in 2018, slashing .203/.239/.271 with two homers and eight RBI. He'll head into spring training without a spot on the 40-man roster.
Pena went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.
Pena's timely hit in the seventh actually opened the scoring on the afternoon for the Cardinals, giving him his fifth and sixth RBI of the season. The 28-year-old continues to only see occasional starts behind iron man Yadier Molina, so his fantasy value remains extremely limited across all formats.
Pena will be behind the plate and bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates.
Pena was expected to surrender primary catching duties when Carson Kelly was reinstated from the disabled list May 26, but the former has yet to see his opportunities dry up. With Kelly mustering just two hits in 25 at-bats this season, it appears Pena will continue to retain the top spot on the depth chart until Kelly's bat heats up, though Yadier Molina is expected back this week. With an unremarkable .243/.280/.357 season line of his own, Pena hasn't quite done enough to warrant a roster spot outside of NL-only and deep mixed leagues that start two catchers.
Pena went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs overall in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old backstop has come on at the plate since mid-May, hitting .324 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and five runs over the 38 plate appearances covering his last 10 games. Pena has been squaring up on the ball impressively during that stretch, as evidenced by a 36.7 percent hard contact rate. Regular catcher Yadier Molina (groin) has just recently begun light workouts in catcher's gear again, but he's still multiple weeks away from a return. Therefore, Pena should continue seeing a fair share of playing time while splitting time behind the dish with Carson Kelly in Molina's stead.
Pena went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.
Pena has filled in admirably so far for Yadier Molina (groin), who is expected to remain on the shelf for at least the next couple of weeks. With three multi-hit efforts over the last six games, the 28-year-old is hitting .275 in 51 at-bats. He hasn't been adding much in counting stats, though, as he has just one home and two RBI on the season. Notably, Pena suffered a significant knee bruise after being clipped by a foul ball Wednesday, although he was able to finish the game and stated he doesn't expect to miss any time, Sean Collins of MLB.com reports.
Pena is out of the lineup versus Philadelphia on Saturday.
Pena will receive a standard day off following three straight starts behind the plate, including a pair of back-to-back three-hit games to begin this series. In his stead, Steve Baron will catch John Gant and bat eighth.
Pena will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Cubs, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
With Yadier Molina (groin) landing on the 10-day disabled list Sunday and expected to miss at least a month, Pena and Triple-A Memphis callup Carson Kelly will battle for playing time behind the plate. Pena will get the first crack at replacing Molina, but the 28-year-old's prior track record at the big-league level doesn't inspire much confidence that he'll emerge as a viable fantasy asset outside of NL-only formats. In 70 career plate appearances in the majors, Pena has slashed .239/.261/.373 while striking out nearly a third of the time.
Pena will be the backup catcher on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Pena joined the Cardinals on a minor-league deal in mid-December and turned a solid spring into a spot on the big-league roster. With Yadier Molina firmly entrenched as the starting backstop, Pena may only see a little action every week, but the 28-year-old is next in line were Molina to miss an extended period of time due to injury.
Pena agreed to a minor-league deal with St. Louis on Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Pena spent the past two seasons in the Orioles' system, and wound up playing in 19 big-league games during that span. During 51 contests with Triple-A Norfolk in 2017, the catcher slashed .278/.309/.450 with six home runs and 18 RBI. Although he may not make an impact at the major-league level, Pena will serve as organizational depth for the Redbirds moving forward.
Pena cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Pena was designated for assignment again when Welington Castillo returned to action, and he'll once again return to Norfolk after passing through waivers unclaimed. He very well could end up back in Baltimore soon if another injury strikes either Castillo or Caleb Joseph, as Pena seems to be the clear No. 3 catching option in the organization despite not being on the 40-man roster.
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