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Brayan Peña | Catcher | #33

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 242
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / ATL
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Cardinals released C Brayan Pena.
Pena was designated for assignment by St. Louis earlier this month to clear a roster spot for newly-signed reliever Brett Cecil. Pena logged only 14 total plate appearances for the Cardinals on a two-year, $5 million contract. The 34-year-old catcher will presumably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal this winter. Nov 28 - 3:20 PM

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Cardinals designated C Brayan Pena for assignment.

This was done to create a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently-signed Brett Cecil. The 34-year-old appeared in only nine games for the Cardinals during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, hitting .154/.214/.231 in just 14 plate appearances. There's a chance they could attempt to re-sign him to a minor league deal.
Nov 21 - 3:19 PM

Cardinals activated C Brayan Peña from the 60-day disabled list.

Peña has been limited to just four games this season due to knee issues. It's unclear how much action behind the plate the knee would be able to handle at this point, but with Yadier Molina around Peña didn't figure to play much in September, regardless.
Sep 4 - 10:22 AM

Brayan Pena (knee) is expected to begin catching in rehab games later this week.

Pena is 2-for-9 in three games as the designated hitter at High-A Palm Beach. He is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 4 and the Cardinals are hoping the veteran backstop will be ready on that date. He's appeared in just four games this season for St. Louis after signing a two-year, $5 million free agent contract over the winter.
Aug 23 - 10:22 PM

Brayan Pena (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with High-A Palm Beach.

Pena has been a big disappointment this season for the Cardinals, appearing in just four games after signing a two-year, $5 million free agent contract over the winter. Maybe he'll be ready to contribute in September.
Aug 16 - 4:57 PM

Cardinals transferred C Brayan Pena from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for top pitching prospect Alex Reyes. Pena has appeared in just four games this season for St. Louis because of knee problems.
Aug 9 - 4:09 PM

Brayan Peña (knee) has resumed taking batting practice and catching bullpen sessions.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated that Peña has lost roughly 15 pounds since being placed on the disabled list a few weeks ago with soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. However, it's unclear when he might be ready for a rehab assignment.
Jul 29 - 11:38 AM

Cardinals placed C Brayan Pena on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

This is a troublesome one, as Pena underwent an early April surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. He was just activated off the disabled list on June 28. The Cardinals have yet to name a timetable for the 34-year-old backstop's recovery.
Jul 6 - 6:11 PM

Brayan Peña announced on Twitter that he plans to join the United States Army Reserve this offseason.

Pena became an American citizen in 2008 after defecting from Cuba in 1999. The age cutoff for the Army Reserve is 35 so Pena (34) is getting his service time in just before the buzzer. It's unclear what this means for Pena's baseball career, though at his age, this could be it for him in the major leagues. Pena missed most of the first half this season while recovering from knee surgery.
Jul 5 - 3:16 PM

Cardinals activated C Brayan Peña from the 15-day disabled list.

Pena has been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, but he's finally ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster.
Jun 28 - 1:36 PM

Brayan Peña (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Peña batted .192 (10-for-52) over 14 games during his minor league rehab assignment and has already rejoined the Cardinals in Kansas City. He's been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee.
Jun 27 - 6:05 PM

Brayan Pena (knee) has been excused from his rehab assignment due to a personal matter.

Pena is expected to return to Double-A Springfield within a few days. He's just 3-for-19 (.158) through six rehab games and probably won't be activated until sometime next week. St. Louis signed the veteran catcher to a two-year, $5 million free agent contract this winter to serve as Yadier Molina's backup, but Pena hasn't played a game yet for the Cardinals. He needed surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee.
Jun 15 - 11:11 AM

Brayan Peña (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

Peña's recovery from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee has come along slower than expected, but he's finally ready for games. He should be ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup soon.
Jun 3 - 5:03 PM

Brayan Peña (knee) hit off a tee Friday and ramped up his running on a treadmill.

Peña has missed the first month of action after surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. He should be ready to go before the end of the month.
May 6 - 5:11 PM

Brayan Pena (knee) expects to resume most baseball activities next week.

Pena is now 23 days removed from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. The initial timetable was a month to six weeks. "Hopefully, next week I can go out there and start running on the field and taking some batting practice," the veteran catcher told Brian Stull's STL Baseball Weekly. "After that, it would be a decision for our training staff to see where we’re going from there." Pena signed a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Cardinals this offseason to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer has been filling in.
Apr 28 - 8:11 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips