ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena announced today on Twitter that he will be joining the U.S. Army Reserve in the MLB off-season.

“Im very proud to announce with the support of my wife & family that i will be joining the ARMY RESERVE this off season ” God Bless America,” No. 33 writes.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Pena told media, “It’s time for me to give something back to this great country.”

He will not be enlisting due to his contract, but the catcher said once his contract is done, the Reserve could be an avenue for his post-MLB career.

Pena said he is not sure if this is his last contract, “but I’m not 25 anymore.”

Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris served in the U.S. Navy for four years before he became the first Naval Academy graduate to appear in the major leagues since 1921.

“Cardinals pitcher and Navy Lieutenant Mitch Harris may be injured this season, but he’s still inspiring fans everywhere with his story,” the Cardinals posted to their Facebook page July 4.

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