Jun 18, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) fields the ball to tag out New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (not pictured) on a stolen base attempt during the second inning at Busch Stadium. The Mets won 3-2. Image Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals activate Kolten Wong off the DL

The St. Louis Cardinals have activated second baseman Kolten Wong from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Shane Robinson to the Memphis Redbirds.

Wong has missed 13 games since June 21st due to a left shoulder contusion. The second baseman played in three rehab games in AAA, hitting .455 in 11-at bats, including a home run and three runs batted in.

I expect that Wong will get his hitting back to where it should be in due time.

There was a strong feeling that an outfielder would be sent down to the Memphis Redbirds instead of a pitcher. At any given time recently, there had been three backup outfielders to one player who could backup second base, shortstop, and third base–and that’s only when Mark Ellis was taking the start at second base.

With Ellis hitting .193/.270/.234 and Daniel Descalso hitting .185/.233/.235 this season, one has to think that the Cardinals are looking around for utility players as we get closer to the trading deadline at the end of the month. It’s even possible that the Cardinals could seek such player to be paired in a trade for an elite pitcher.

On Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, FOX Sports writer Jon Paul Morosi writes:

The Cardinals’ rich farm system has helped GM John Mozeliak avoid searching for rotation help at recent deadlines. That has changed, with Jaime Garcia’s season-ending surgery and Michael Wacha’s indefinite absence due to shoulder trouble. The Cardinals have a number of outfield prospects (Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty) and could afford to give up hard-throwing Carlos Martinez if it meant landing Price.

Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez also would fit the St. Louis roster, creating the possibility of an expanded deal that would make the Cardinals more comfortable giving up the prospects.

Any move that the Cardinals make would likely involve a few of the top prospects in their system. John Mozeliak spoke with Derrick Goold about the trading deadline. The Cardinals have been linked to seeking players such as Ben Zobrist or Chase Headley. Whether anything becomes of that remains to be seen.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki wants to play for a contender. Unfortunately for them, they have an ownership that’s not looking to rebuild or move in a direction that would satisfy the fans or players. Tulo is a shortstop that Cardinals fans would covet but with Jhonny Peralta having been signed in the offseason, it looks doubtful that the Cardinals would make such a move.

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