St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a right triceps strain. Wong got hurt in Wednesday’s 7-6 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving the contest at the end of the fifth inning.
“Wong will undergo rest, rehabilitation and performance training to get back to full health,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “Expect him to return in two weeks.”
Wong initially injured his triceps on a rehabilitation assignment June 8 at advanced Single-A Peoria attempting to return from a left elbow injury that sidelined him for 13 games. The 26-year old had been seeing the ball well since coming back, as Wong was hitting .350 from the pate and had registered an RBI double prior to his exit Wednesday.
Wong was replaced by utilityman Greg Garcia, who is expected to share time at second base with Paul DeJong, who has bounced back and forth between St. Louis and its Triple-A affiliate Memphis. Neither player should be of any consideration at this point on the waiver wire, with both players sporting batting averages below .250 and neither showcasing much pop at the plate.
Wong, on the other hand, may sap some fantasy players of a potential backup second baseman with his ailment. Although he was owned in less than six percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, Wong had been enjoying his best season at the plate so far, as he is currently slashing .301 with one homerun and 19 runs batted in.
For the Cardinals, Wong’s injury saps St. Louis of a much-needed hot hitter right now, as the Cardinals do not have a qualified player batting over .300 and rank 26th in the league in runs scored, and could use as many players on base as possible to support one of the better pitching staffs in the majors.
With the NL Central wide open—the Milwaukee Brewers are surprisingly leading the division with a record of 35-32—and the Cardinals just 3.5 games behind, Wong’s injury comes at a crucial time before the All-Star break. The key for Wong is to get back and find a groove before mid-July, so the Cardinals can have an important weapon at their disposal for their end of the season push.