As the St. Louis Cardinals head to Pittsburgh Brayan Pena will be heading to St.Louis to undergo surgery this coming week to remove a loose particle of cartilage in his left knee, an injury that Pena says stems from a dugout slip during Spring Training. Eric Fryer, who had been ready to join the Triple-A Memphis team, instead hopped a flight to Pittsburgh on Saturday to take his place on an Opening Day roster for the first time.
The Cardinals said Pena likely will be out 2-4 weeks if surgeons don’t discover any damage other than the loose body. The injury likely will compel manager Mike Matheny to play Molina frequently early in the season. Molina, who had two off-season surgeries on his left thumb, was cleared to swing at pitches in games just two weeks ago.
Eric Fryer is one of the most athletic catchers in college baseball, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with average speed and arm strength to go with solid gap power. He also has the leadership skills teams want in a catcher. The biggest question with Fryer is his bat. He has a short swing, but he also employs a toe tap and needs a better trigger for his load. A club that believes he can make the necessary adjustments could pop him as early as the fifth round.
Source: MLB/Baseball America