Pena lost 15-20 pounds over the winter, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The weight loss is unlikely to have a major effect on Pena's performance, but it does perhaps signal a commitment to his craft for the coming campaign. The right-hander was used exclusively as a reliever last season and figures to hold a prominent role in the Angels bullpen again in 2021 behind new closer Raisel Iglesias.
Pena and the Angels avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Pena was a serviceable relief option for the Angels in 2020, saving a pair of games while posting a 4.05 ERA in 26.2 innings. He won't be a favorite for saves in 2021 but could add at least a few more to his career total of three if the newly acquired Raisel Iglesias stumbles or gets injured.
Pena allowed one hit and had zero strikeouts and zero walks during a scoreless ninth inning to record the save Wednesday against the Padres.
The 30-year-old entered after Mike Mayers gave up a leadoff single and surrendered a single to the first batter he faced, but he retired the next three hitters with little fanfare. Pena has five holds and has converted two of five save chances with a 3.71 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29:6 K:BB across 26.2 innings.
Pena (3-0) was tagged with a blown save but managed to pick up the win in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros. He pitched one inning and gave up three runs on four hits while striking out one.
Pena successfully converted his first save of the season Thursday and was called upon again with the Angels up by a run in the seventh and final frame of Game 1 on Saturday. The right-hander quickly gave up the lead after Myles Straw doubled and Michael Brantley singled him home, then allowed Houston to pull ahead on a two-out single by Martin Maldonado. However, the Angels were able to plate three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to grab a comeback victory and hand Pena a fortunate win. Ty Buttrey was effective in closing out a one-run win in Game 2 of the twin bill, so it may be sensible to see who gets the next save opportunity before making an assumption about which of the two relievers will function as the Angels' primary closer moving forward.
Pena earned the save against San Diego on Thursday, pitching one perfect inning and registering one strikeout.
Pena has been perhaps the most effective Angels reliever this season, and he was rewarded with a save opportunity in a two-run game. The right-hander proved up to the challenge, needing only nine pitches (six strikes) to retired the Padres in order. It is unclear if regular closer Ty Buttrey was unavailable due to his recent usage -- he pitched three of the previous four days and took the loss while giving up three runs and throwing 15 pitches Wednesday -- but there is certainly a chance that Pena will receive more save opportunities moving forward. In 19.1 innings this season, he has notched a 1.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 23:4 K:BB.
Pena was tagged with a blown save Saturday against the Dodgers. He allowed one run on three hits while fanning one in one inning.
Pena allowed three hits, including a solo home run to Mookie Betts, in the seventh inning. He has now allowed runs in three of his last five appearances, including each of the last two.
Pena (1-0) earned the win Monday against the Athletics by tossing a scoreless inning.
Pena pitched the eighth inning, replacing Kenyan Middleton, and got the job done easily, inducing two groundouts and one lineout to retire the side on just 12 pitches (six strikes). Pena has been reliable out of the bullpen for the Angels so far, giving up just one earned run in 8.1 innings while notching two holds and posting a 9:1 K:BB.
Angels manager Joe Maddon indicated Thursday that he prefers Pena to come out of the bullpen, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Pena started 24 games for the Angels over the previous two campaigns, but he has been used exclusively out of the bullpen thus far in 2020. Matt Andriese was recently moved out of the rotation, but Patrick Sandoval was chosen to take his spot, supporting the notion that Pena isn't likely to become a starter again in the near future. The right-hander has fared well in relief this season, allowing only one earned run on six hits while compiling a 9:1 K:BB in four appearances covering 6.1 innings.
The Angels list Pena as a member of the bullpen on their season-opening 30-man roster.
Meanwhile, Patrick Sandoval is listed as a member of the rotation, essentially confirming that he beat out Pena for the sixth and final starting role. Per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Pena and Noe Ramirez are expected to work as the Angels' primary multi-inning long relievers in 2020.
Pena has yet to be told whether he will open the season in the rotation or the bullpen, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pena has been stretching out as a starter and recently declared himself fully healthy, so he is a candidate to take on a starting role until Julio Teheran (not injury related) is ready to rejoin the rotation. Pena tossed two innings in an exhibition start against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts.
Pena (knee) declared himself fully healthy Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. "Physically, I feel 100 percent and ready to go," Pena stated through an interpreter via Zoom.
Pena is the frontrunner for the final spot in the Angels' six-man rotation, though Jaime Barria remains in contention. Even if Pena is named the sixth starter to begin the season, his role could fluctuate depending on the return of Julio Teheran (undisclosed) and timeline for Patrick Sandoval (illness) to ramp up after missing most of camp.
Pena (knee) is viewed primarily as a starter by manager Joe Maddon and is being stretched out as such during camp, Trent Rush of Angels Radio Network reports.
Pena has started 24 games for the Angels over the last two seasons, though he was expected to pitch in relief to begin the 2020 campaign. The focus on stretching him out as a starter could be related to manager Joe Maddon's indication that the Angels will go with a six-man rotation this season. It's worth noting as well that presumed starter Julio Teheran has yet to report to camp for undisclosed reasons. Pena underwent right knee surgery last August to repair a torn ACL, but the extended time off due to the COVID-19 pandemic has likely enabled him to be ready to pitch by Opening Day.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he's "very" hopeful Pena (knee) will be ready to pitch by Opening Day, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Surgery was required last August to repair a torn ACL in Pena's right knee. There was some initial optimism in the spring about Pena's chances of being ready, but it soon became clear that he would not be a go for the original Opening Day. After three additional months of recovery time, Pena may end up gaining clearance, though it's very possible he ends up pitching in relief when games get underway with fellow injured Angels pitchers Shohei Ohtani (elbow) and Griffin Canning (elbow) also trending in the right direction.
Pena (knee) is throwing bullpen sessions and could get into "a few" Cactus League games, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Pena has been on the mend since undergoing right knee surgery last August. While he won't be ready for Opening Day, manager Joe Maddon is optimistic that Pena will be able to take the mound by the end of the spring schedule. "I don't have a definitive finish line," Maddon indicated. "But he's doing well. Real well."
Pena (knee) is unlikely to be ready by Opening Day, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pena is working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL back in August. Reports from the start of camp suggested he'd be ready by Opening Day, but the news has gradually gotten less optimistic. There was initially an expectation Pena would be ready to open 2020 as a reliever, but the latest reports have him missing the start of the regular season. Still, manager Joe Maddon doesn't expect the righty to spend too much time on the injured list to open the season. Once healthy, Pena should compete for opportunities at the back of the Angels' rotation.
Pena (knee) would likely serve as a reliever at the start of the season if he makes the Angels' Opening Day roster, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pena underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee in mid-August, but he's been able to resume throwing off a mound already as spring training gets underway. Manager Joe Maddon previously said he expects Pena will be fully healthy by Opening Day. However, Maddon also said Monday that Pena's work at the beginning of the season could come out of the bullpen due to the workload he'll be taking on during the spring as he works his way back from his injury. Much of Pena's work in 2019 came as the primary pitcher, and he posted a 4.58 ERA and 101:34 K:BB over 96.1 innings prior to undergoing surgery.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that he expects Pena (knee) to be fully healthy by the time Opening Day arrives, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Per Ardaya, Pena has already resumed throwing off a mound, an encouraging sign after he underwent surgery in mid-August to address a torn ACL in his right knee. The 28-year-old will need to prove he can field his position without issue before he's cleared for Cactus League action, but Maddon's comments suggest that Pena will be able to pitch in games before the spring ends. It's less certain if Pena will be able to build up his innings enough to make a serious run at an Opening Day rotation spot, however, so the Angels may prefer to assign him to Triple-A Salt Lake to begin the campaign.
Pena (knee) revealed Tuesday through his social media that he has been cleared to resume throwing off a mound, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
It's a major milestone in the recovery process for Pena, whose 2019 season came to an end in early August, when he required surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Pena's ability to field his position without any restriction is probably the biggest hurdle he'll need to overcome during spring training before the Angels are comfortable signing off on him pitching in Cactus League games. Despite posting a serviceable 4.58 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 96.1 innings last season while typically working as a traditional starter or primary pitcher, Pena may find himself on the outside looking in for a spot in an improved Angels' rotation, which will be bolstered by Shohei Ohtani's return from Tommy John surgery, along with offseason pickups Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy.
Pena will have surgery to repair his right torn ACL on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Pena tore his ACL on Aug. 4 against the Indians, and he'll go under the knife shortly after to have as much recovery time as possible heading into next season. A more precise timeline for his return should emerge following surgery.
Pena (knee) was transferred to the 60-day IL on Monday.
This move is simply procedural, as Pena has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL over the weekend. Patrick Sandoval, who is set to serve as the primary pitcher Monday against Cincinnati, had his contract selected from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.
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