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Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Kolten Wong had been optioned to Memphis in hopes to make room for a returning Jhonny Peralta. The official word from the club is as follows:
“The Cardinals optioned second baseman Kolten Wong to Memphis (AAA) following Sunday night’s 6-3 win over San Francisco. The move opens up space on the team’s 25-man active roster for the anticipated activation off the disabled list of infielder Jhonny Peralta.
Wong, 25, appeared in 49 games, starting 35, with St. Louis this season, batting .222 (28-126).
Peralta injured his left thumb on March 5 during a Spring Training game and underwent surgery shortly after to repair ligament damage. He played nine games during an injury rehabilitation assignment with stops in Single-A Peoria (five games, 3-for-13), Double-A Springfield (one game, 0-for-2) and High-A Palm Beach (three games, 3-for-11).”
As much as Cardinal fans do not want to see moves like this happen, it cements the notion that professional sports are a business. While Wong is seemingly a fan favorite, having popularity has not led to success on the diamond.
With the young second basemen following the team lead of inconsistency, Wong will be one of the higher paid minor leaguers in the Cardinals system. Wong’s average salary over the course of his deal (5yr/25M) will be just a bit higher as opposed to some players making minor league minimum of $2150/month. Should you remember a few years ago when Jon Jay was sent to Peoria for rehab time, he flashed his wallet by purchasing dinner for the team. I wonder what Wong will do. Hopefully just get better.
Wong was recalled to Memphis before in 2013 playing in 107g and earning a batting average of (.303) with 45 RBI’s. He earned 412 plate appearances, making it the busiest games played/AB ratio of his career. Hopefully Wong can remain steadfast away from home and catch hold of some lightning in his bat.
Injuries are becoming a common thing amongst the Cardinals as the infield Ferris Wheel continues to turn. You never know what may happen in the next few months, and I think it’s obtuse to believe Wong is gone for the entire year. Mike Matheny knows his team well, and knows that Wong has very high potential. This potential may be leading him away from Saint Louis, as the Cardinals could use pitching as the summer heats up. Only time will tell.
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