St. Louis Cardinals press release
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).
Brian Walton’s take
Despite Wong’s five-year contact, the Cardinals did what they feel is best to try to get him back on track. The second baseman last played in Triple-A for 18 games in 2014.
Aledmys Diaz had already solidified his starting role at shortstop and now, Greg Garcia holds onto his reserve infield role, along with Jedd Gyorko. A possible scenario has Peralta taking over at third base and Matt Carpenter returning to his former position at second base and also playing at first.
Memphis has a roster opening, so should not have to make any additional moves to accommodate Wong.