Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

After three weeks in bigs, Wily Mo Pena to get first outfield start

Cleveland Indians v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 28: Wily Mo Pena #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a walk off home run against the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field on June 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona won 6-4. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Wily Mo Pena, he with the remarkable .190/.190/.548 line this year, is getting his first start in left field for the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Manager Kirk Gibson recently said he had no plans to play Pena in the outfield, but something changed his mind. Pena had appeared in 16 games since his callup June 21, but all nine of his starts came at DH. Since interleague play ended a week ago, he’s gone 1-for-4 off the bench, which his lone hit leaving the ballpark.

For the season, Pena is 8-for-42 with five homers, no walks and 18 strikeouts. Hence, the slugging percentage that’s nearly three times his batting average.

Pena played 25 games in left field for Triple-A Reno this season and committed just one error. Still, he was always an awkward-at-best outfielder in his youth, and injuries have robbed him of some mobility since his days with the Reds and Red Sox.