After being just six games removed from his previous DL stint, it looks like Kolten Wong will again be sidelined from the St. Louis Cardinals for an undetermined amount of time.
This afternoon the St. Louis Cardinals placed Kolten Wong on the disabled list and promoted Paul DeJong from Memphis. This comes just six days after the Cardinals activated Wong from the DL with an elbow issue. That move made it possible for the Cardinals to DFA Jhonny Peralta.
In the press release on the injury the Cardinals called the injury a right tricep strain. This opens the door for DeJong to have another opportunity at the major league level. In his last stint, DeJong batted .244 with one home run and four RBIs. DeJong won’t be lighting the world on fire, but he is a respectable option to turn to in this case.
This hurts the St. Louis Cardinals no matter who replaces Wong. Since he returned from the DL last week, Wong was hitting the cover off the ball. Since being activated, Wong batted .450, raising his season average to .301. That made him the only Cardinal batting over .300, since Jedd Gyorko has hit a recent slump.
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For a team that has been struggling to find itself, this hurts. Since the team made the changes to the roster and the coaching staff, the offense had improved. Wong was a key component in that. Since he was batting near the bottom of the order, he was really setting the table for Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler to bring him home.
With the injury, the rest of the team is going to have to step up. It has been well-documented that the Cardinals are at a crossroads. If the team cannot find success and fast, you can expect more changes to be made.
The team will hope that Wong will only miss the minimum ten days and be able to return. When he does return Wong will look to continue on his recent success and extend his current six-game hitting streak. In the interim the team and fans will have to rally around Paul DeJong and the rest of the players and hope they can string together a few wins.