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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Brayan Pena leaves with tight hamstring

By on 8/09/2014 08:45:00 AM

Brayan Pena made it through just two innings of last night's loss to the Miami Marlins, with C Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeting that the Reds catcher and first baseman came out of the game with a tight left hamstring:

Shortly before, Rosencrans had tweeted that Pena had seemed to pull up as he was coming in to first base following a single to center field. Pena was left stranded as the Reds failed to come up with another hit that inning, and when the third inning started, Todd Frazier had moved to first base with Ramon Santiago coming in to the game at third.'s Mark Schmetzer later reported that the move was considered precautionary and manager Bryan Price expected to have Pena for Saturday's game.

Pena has already played the most games in a single season of his career since coming over from Detroit in the offseason. With Joey Votto out, he and Frazier have shared the bulk of the work at first base, while he has also acted as backup catcher to Devin Mesoraco. Baseball-Reference's defensive metrics put Pena as essentially an average fielder at both catcher and first base, while his offensive production has seen an uptick over the last couple of years, with a .709 OPS since the start of 2013, almost 50 points higher than his career average.

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