Wong will get a normal day of rest. He will be replaced by Daniel Descalso at second. Wong should return to the lineup Monday.
Wong had a blistering spring, and enters the year as a possible breakout candidate. He will now see time at the top of one of the best offenses in the National League. Wong hit .153 in 59 at-bats last year.
Wong is batting .500 (7 for 14) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in his last four games. For the spring, he is batting .292 (7 for 24) with a .370 on-base percentage, .625 slugging percentage and .995 OPS in nine spring games.
Wong said he was motivated after struggling to perform in a part-time role last year. Wong hit just .153 over 59 at-bats during the regular season. He admitted not being a full-time player was tough. "That’s something I’d never done before," Wong said. "I tried my best to do as much as I could off the bench. And, unfortunately, I didn’t do too well."
Wong said talking to Allen Craig helped him focus last season. Craig had once been in a similar role with the club, but eventually broke out in a full-time role. Wong will be looking to do the same this season. "I’m definitely going to prove everyone wrong. I worked so hard with my dad this offseason (in Hawaii) that, for me to fail, it’s going to take a lot."
Wong is expected to open the year as the team's starter at second base.
It's easy to tell
"I'm super excited," Wong told MLB.com. "Last year, I got the chance to see what those guys got to experience who play every day. I hope I get the chance this year to go as far as we did last year.
"My job [last year] was to pinch-run, pinch-hit once in a while. I wanted to be sure I knew how to approach that. Now that I'm getting a chance to start, I want to make the most of it."
Although Wong hit .301 with a .365 on-base percentage and .811 OPS in 280 minor-league games, he hit .153 in 32 regular-season games and .167 in seven postseason games after his promotion to the majors last season. Though, Wong is hopeful with everyday at-bats that he will return to the hitter he was in the minors.
"When I was up there, I could tell my swing was getting a little long," Wong said. "I usually have a short, compact swing. My swing was either getting longer or the ball was getting on me quicker. I worked this offseason on shortening my swing. Hopefully time and playing every day will help."
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