St. Louis Cardinals recall second baseman Kolten Wong to the majors

Al Bello

Cardinals right a roster wrong, but Wong has the flu and won't even be at the stadium tonight.

Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled second baseman of future past Kolten Wong.

About two weeks ago, the Cardinals demoted Wong to Triple-A Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny’s explanation for the move would’ve made more sense had he muttered it while talking backwards. But general manager John Mozeliak conceded that the club had demoted Wong because other players with more seniority and higher pay weren’t hitting. The club wanted to provide the MLB roster with a jolt, which meant the rookie making the league minimum and with options to burn the most palatable to demote—it was the roster path of least resistance.

Wong was hitting an unimpressive .225/.276/.268 over 76 plate appearances at the time the Cardinals sent him on the Memphis shuttle to Triple-A. Today, veteran second-base options Mark Ellis and Daniel Descalso are still hitting worse than Wong did in the season’s opening month. Ellis is hitting an ugly .190/.268/.222 and Descalso has posted a .175/.214/.250. In a strange twist of fate Wong—who hit .344/.382/.484 with five stolen bases, 14 runs scored, and 10 RBI in 15 Triple-A games—has now become the very jolt the Cardinals sought with his earlier demotion.

The question that looms large over Wong’s return to St. Louis is whether Matheny will play the rookie regularly over veterans Ellis and Descalso. The manager has twice given up on Wong after meaninglessly small samples of work. With the Cardinals continuing to underperform, will Matheny have patience with Wong if he doesn’t hit right away and continue hitting into the summer?

UPDATE: Wong is ill and won't play, leaving the Cardinals one man down tonight.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Join Viva El Birdos

You must be a member of Viva El Birdos to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva El Birdos. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker