The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday that second baseman Kolten Wong was being recalled from the Memphis Redbirds. Greg Garcia was optioned to the Pacific Coast League affiliate as a result of the move.
The move came just hours after Garcia was hit by a pitch in the 12th inning to earn his first Major League RBI. This was the first Cardinals game since 1974 in which a hit batsman knocked in the game-winning run in such fashion.
While Wong was on the Opening Day roster, the club sent him down to Memphis in spite of other players on the team hitting poorly. Since being sent down to AAA, Wong hit .344 over 15 games. He was 22-for-64 at the plate with two home runs and ten RBIs. With runners in scoring position, the second baseman hit .375 in 16 at-bats. Meanwhile, the Hawaii native was perfect in five stolen base attempts.
What hit the nail on the hammer for the Cardinals to recall Wong was an amazing performance on Tuesday when the second baseman had a 4-hit game to go along with four RBIs. Moreover, Wong had a hit in all but two of the fifteen games with Memphis, including six games with more than one hit.
Playing for the Cardinals in 20 games this season, Wong hit .225 and stole three bases. His 16 hits included a double and triple.
Wong was expected to report for Wednesday’s game but was sent home due to a stomach illness. In the end, the game ended up being rained out. The Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, August 30. Fans with tickets for Wednesday’s game can use them for the first game of the doubleheader.