Pena cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Previous reports indicated that Pena was optioned off the active roster Sunday, but he was evidently actually designated for assignment. He'll clear a space on the 40-man roster for the Angels to select Noe Ramirez's contract.
The Angels optioned Pena to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Los Angeles will swap Pena out of the bullpen with lefty Tony Watson (calf), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. After moving past a spring hamstring injury that kept him on the shelf for the first month of the season, Pena was roughed up in his two relief appearances upon being activated from the IL. In 1.2 innings out of the bullpen, Pena was tagged for seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks.
Pena pitched two-thirds of an inning against Tampa Bay on Thursday, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one.
Pena spent the first five weeks of the season on the injured list before he was added to the active roster prior to Thursday's game. His first appearance of the campaign did not go well, as the right-hander allowed a walk, a double and a pair of singles while also throwing a wild pitch. Pena should get further opportunities to shake the rust as part of an Angels bullpen that has mostly struggled this season.
Pena (hamstring) was reinstated from the injured list Thursday.
Manager Joe Maddon has stated that Pena was physically ready to return, but the team needed to open a roster spot for him. With Chris Rodriguez (shoulder) being placed on the injured list, Pena was activated in a corresponding move. He's expected to serve primarily out of the bullpen this season.
Angels manager Joe Maddon stated again Wednesday that Pena (hamstring) is physically ready to return, but the team is still trying to figure out how to work him onto the active roster, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Based on previous reports, it appears that Pena has been ready to return for weeks, though he remains stashed on the 10-day injured list. His continued absence is a bit surprising, considering that the right-hander's 4.05 ERA last season is considerably better than the team's bottom-10 4.55 bullpen ERA thus far in 2021. The expectation is that Pena will join the big-league squad in the relatively near future.
Pena (hamstring) is stretching out at the Angels' alternate training site and is expected to serve as a "utility-type arm" upon his return, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pena remains on the 10-day injured list, though manager Joe Maddon previously indicated that the right-hander is physically ready to return. While he has made 24 starts as a big leaguer, Pena isn't being viewed as a rotation option and is instead stretching out in preparation for a flexible bullpen role. He posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 26.2 innings -- all as a reliever -- last season.
Pena (hamstring) is physically ready to come off the injured list, but the Angels have yet to determine who he will replace on the active roster, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pena went on the 10-day IL on March 31 and has been eligible to return since last weekend. Though he appears physically capable of rejoining the big-league bullpen, it remains to be seen how soon that will happen given the team's uncertainty about who to send down. While the Angels are off to an 8-5 start, their 4.18 bullpen ERA is ranked 15th in MLB.
Pena is "very close to being ready again," per manager Joe Maddon, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Pena was placed on the injured list March 31 due to a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, but he appears to be doing well in his recovery and may make his return to the big club soon. It's unclear, however, where the right-hander would slot in the team's bullpen depth chart as the Angels brought in both Tony Watson and Steve Cishek near the end of spring training while rookie Chris Rodriguez has looked strong in relief.
Pena (hamstring) has started running and may be able to throw a bullpen session early in the coming week, the Associated Press reports.
Pena was placed on the 10-day injured listed with a right hamstring strain March 31, though the injury dates back to March 15. The 31-year-old's ability to run suggests that the issue is improving, and he should need only a few bullpen sessions before he's able to rejoin the club. Pena is eligible to come off the IL on April 10.
Pena (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
The right-hander has been recovering from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain over the past couple weeks, so it's not a major surprise he's starting the season on the shelf. Pena could rejoin the Angels within the first couple weeks of the season if all goes well in his recovery.
Pena (hamstring) played catch from 90 feet Friday but is still expected to be out past Opening Day, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pena exited a game March 15 after suffering a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, further hindering an Angels bullpen that is already beset by injuries. Though he is back to playing catch, the right-hander isn't likely to be ready to return by the start of the campaign.
Pena was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The 31-year-old exited Monday's spring game due to the injury and underwent an MRI on Tuesday. Opening Day is just over two weeks away, so Pena likely be unavailable for the start of the season and could land on the injured list. However, the right-hander shouldn't miss too much time if he can avoid any setbacks during his recovery.
Pena (hamstring) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pena received an initial diagnosis of right hamstring tightness when he exited Monday's game against the Reds, but the Angels will send him for further tests to get a clearer idea on the severity of his injury. If Pena is determined to have suffered a hamstring strain, he could have a tough time gaining clearance for Opening Day.
Pena left Monday's game against Cincinnati with right hamstring irritation.
Pena's initial diagnosis isn't anything too worrisome, though it's possible that diagnosis gets updated following further tests. The righty looks set to win a bullpen role if healthy.
Pena left Monday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
He walked gingerly off the mound, and we will await word from the team regarding the nature of the injury. Pena was poised to secure a spot in the middle of the bullpen.
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.
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