Here comes Pena & Carson!

Brayan Pena
St. Louis Cardinals’ Brayan Pena smiles as he arrives home after hitting a home run during a spring training intrasquad baseball game Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Just in the nick of time the St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have activated switch-hitting catcher Brayan Pena from the 60-day disabled list (left knee inflammation) and purchased rookie catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis (AAA). I really like the idea of Carson Kelly being brought up in the nick of time. The Cardinals have been grooming Carson since he was drafted in 2012 as a potential future backstop, split time between AA Springfield and AAA Memphis this season. In 236 plate appearances in Springfield, he produced a .287/.338/.403 triple-slash line, good for a 115 wRC+, and in Memphis, in 126 plate appearances, he produced a triple-slash line of .292/.353/.381 for a 98 wRC+. He was also the recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2015 as the best defensive catcher in Minor League Baseball, has been assigned uniform no. 71.   Pena wears uniform no. 33.  The Cardinals had also transferred right-handed pitcher Seth Maness (right elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Pena, 34, has missed much of the season due to a left knee injury, appearing in just four games with St. Louis (1-for-8).  He batted a combined .286 (8-for-28) with a HR and 8 RBI in nine combined games with Palm Beach (A) and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals during a recent injury rehabilitation assignment.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals


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