Within hours, the Yankees infielder was having an emergency appendectomy and missed 47 team games before being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
"It's a new experience. It happens," Pena said. "It was kind of tough that day, and after that, you just get used to it. I hope they put me in the lineup and try to help the team to win."
"I think guys are being rewarded," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're looking at what we have in the Minor Leagues; if there's an opportunity for our guys to pitch in some games, they'll pitch. You want to save your guys as much as you can; our bullpen has been worked pretty hard of late, where we've had to give guys a couple days off. Those extra arms never hurt."
In order to make room for Kontos on the 40-man roster, right-hander Lance Pendleton was designated for assignment.