Wong Makes His Return From Triple-A

As second baseman Kolten Wong is back with St. Louis, infielder Greg Garcia was returned to Memphis.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled second baseman Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis and optioned out infielder Greg Garcia to make room.

After a strong spring training, Wong made his first major league opening roster. The success did not last as the 23-year-old was optioned to Memphis on April 27, a move that was a surprise to many. Wong had been given just 20 games, during which he had a double and triple among his 16 hits (.225 average) and also contributed a team-high three stolen bases.

His return to Triple-A did not deter the reigning Minor League Player of the Year for the Cardinals system. With the Redbirds, Wong batted .344 (22-for-64) with two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games. The left-handed hitter was 6-for-16 (.375) with runners in scoring position and a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.

The 23-year-old returns to St. Louis on a high. Wong had a four-hit, four-RBI game Tuesday against Round Rock, upping his batting average over the past 10 games to .372. He hit safely in 13 of his 15 games for Memphis, including six multi-hit performances.

Garcia

Garcia, 24, was called up for the first time on April 28 to replace Wong. His highlight was Tuesday night when he drew a bases loaded hit by pitch in the 12th inning for his first career Major League RBI. He and Wong were collegiate teammates at the University of Hawaii.

Overall, the left-handed batter had a single, double and a walk in 12 plate appearances with St. Louis for a line of .200/.300/.429. Garcia also struck out three times.

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