While Kolten Wong was limited to 108 games due to elbow, triceps and back injuries, his rate stats were better than ever in his age-26 season. He raised his on-base percentage nearly 50 points to .376 thanks in part to another uptick in walk rate (10 percent) and another decline in chase rate, and his .336 wOBA and 107 wRC+ were also well above his previous career highs. Wong was fortunate on balls in play (.331 BABIP), and his 48.1 percent groundball rate doesn't exactly bode well for his ability to increase his home-run numbers dramatically moving forward, but Wong has good speed and instincts on the bases to complement his above-average plate skills -- Wong is 15-for-17 on stolen-base attempts over the past two seasons. Manager Mike Matheny has kept Wong on a short leash so far in his career, but the reins may finally come off after Wong hit .274 with a .360 OBP against lefties last season.
Wong (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. Wong has missed five straight games with a back ailment and will again be withheld from the lineup for the season's final contest. Breyvic Valera takes over at second base, batting leadoff.
Wong (back) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Brewers. He will miss a fifth straight game with an ailing back. Greg Garcia will start at the keystone and lead off. Wong was hitting just .170/.302/.208 in 53 at-bats this month prior to the injury.
Wong (back) is out of the lineup against the Brewers on Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Wong will miss a fourth straight game due to nagging back problems that have plagued him for a majority of this past month. In his place, Greg Garcia is set to start at the keystone while batting atop the order.
Wong (back) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Wong continues to deal with back tightness -- an issue that has bothered him all month -- so he'll open on the bench for a third straight contest. The 26-year-old will remain a day-to-day case; Matt Carpenter is manning the keystone in his stead, opening up a spot for Jedd Gyorko to start at the hot corner.
Wong (back) is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Wednesday. Wong will be held out for the second straight game while dealing with back tightness, an injury that has plagued him for basically all of September. In his place, Matt Carpenter slides over to man the keystone while Jose Martinez draws a start at first. Wong should be considered day-to-day moving forward.