Cardinals catcher Pena announces plans to join U.S. Army Reserve

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-  St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena has announced that he plans to join the U.S. Army Reserve in the off-season.

Pena, 34, was born in Havana, Cuba and defected to the United States in 1999. He made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2005 . He signed a two-year contract with St. Louis in the offseason to backup Yadier Molina. Pena missed the first three months of the season due knee surgery. He made his team debut June 29, 2016.

Army Reservists serve part time, allowing them to enjoy civilian life while participating in military service.