Wong was one of the players present for the Cardinals' first on-field workout in more than two months Wednesday at Busch Stadium, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wong and his teammates followed social distancing guidelines during the four-player workout, but they still got some productive work in. That included Wong's first opportunity to face noted offseason acquisition Kwang-Hyun Kim for some live reps in the batter's box, an encounter from which the veteran second baseman came away impressed. "First time facing his funkiness, and he has some funkiness," Wong said. "That guy attacks. Both sides. It was good to get in that kind of at-bat. He showed me a good curve, and then the slider - it just disappeared."
Wong, who initially stayed behind in Jupiter, Florida when spring training was suspended, has been working out in the St. Louis area for some time, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The veteran second baseman has been able to regularly take groundballs as part of his activities according to Goold, and he's presumably gotten hitting work in some form as well. Given his current location, Wong projects to be one of the players that's present for the small group workouts at Busch Stadium that the Cardinals will be allowed to conduct beginning next week. Wong was building plenty of momentum before play was paused, as he hit .333 (7-for-21) over 10 Grapefruit League contests.
Wong, who hit .333 (7-for-21) across 10 Grapefruit League games, is one player for whom the suspension of spring training is particularly ill-timed, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The 29-year-old overcame a minor calf issue this spring to put together a strong exhibition slate, and given the success at the plate he was enjoying, the interruption in play was especially inopportune. Wong is projected to lead off for the Cardinals whenever the season does begin, and the .480 on-base percentage he generated in spring training over a small sample served as an indicator he is up to the task. The 29-year-old laid the foundation for securing the job by posting a stellar .361 on-base percentage last season despite making 421 of his 549 plate appearances from the sixth spot in the order or lower.
Wong (calf) will resume playing Thursday as expected, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that he expected Wong to return to action the following day, and he is scheduled to do just that. With nearly two weeks of spring training games to go, Wong should have plenty of time to get back up to speed before Opening Day.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Wong's bruised left calf is feeling better, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The skipper expects the second baseman to return to the Grapefruit League lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
Wong looks like he'll only require a few days to heal up after he was plunked in the calf by a pitch Sunday. The 29-year-old has already logged 21 at-bats this spring, so he looks well on his way to being ready for Opening Day.
Wong was diagnosed with a left calf contusion after being hit by a pitch during Sunday's Grapefruit League game versus the Marlins, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance and exited the game after staying in to run to bases. Wong already wasn't scheduled to travel for Monday's game against the Twins, so he'll be reevaluated then before the team provides a timeline for his potential return to spring games.
Wong left Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins after being hit by a pitch in the lower leg, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Wong was hit by a pitch during the bottom of the first inning and remained in the game to run the bases, but he didn't take the field in the following frame. It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but he should be considered day-to-day until the team provides more information.
Wong, who the Cardinals have a club option on for 2021, is open to discussing a contract extension this spring, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It's a particularly opportune time for Wong to talk money with the Cardinals considering he's coming off a 2019 season during which he earned his first Gold Glove award and posted career bests in both batting average (.285) and slugging percentage (.423). The 29-year-old's 2021 salary would clock in at $12.5 million were the option to be picked up, and it would only cost the team $1 million to buy him out. Wong might be somewhat of a risky proposition for a true long-term deal given his inconsistent offense over the last several seasons and the fact he'll be 30 by the time the 2021 season starts; however, Goold reports a shorter-term extension akin to the two-year agreement signed by Matt Carpenter last spring is conceivable for Wong as well.
Wong is in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves on Thursday, batting seventh.
Wong expressed his availability leading up to Game 1, and he is officially in the starting lineup after missing time since mid-September due to a left hamstring strain. Prior to the injury, the 28-year-old hit .342/.409/.487 with 24 RBI since the All-Star break.
Wong (hamstring) will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves on Thursday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Wong said himself that he expects to play, and manager Mike Shildt confirmed as much Wednesday. His return will force Tommy Edman and Matt Carpenter to compete for at-bats at third base.
Wong (hamstring) said he's "game ready" Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Wong has been sidelined with a hamstring strain since mid-September. While his optimism is certainly a good sign for his availability for the NLDS, it should be taken with a grain of salt until the Cardinals themselves say he's good to go.
Wong (hamstring) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs.
He has been out since Sept. 19, and this seems like the type of injury that would have resulted in a stint on the injured list if not for expanded rosters. It's unclear if/when he will be able to return in the postseason. Tommy Edman starts at second base while Matt Carpenter starts at the hot corner.
Wong (hamstring) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.
He was reportedly only running at 70-to-80 percent Friday, so it seems unlikely he will be able to return before the postseason. Matt Carpenter will start at third base while Tommy Edman slides over to the keystone.
Wong (hamstring) ran at 70-to-80 percent prior to Friday's game against the Cubs, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Wong is hopeful to play sometime over the weekend before the regular season comes to an end, but his availability will depend on how he responds to Friday's activities. The Cardinals' primary concern will be getting him ready for the postseason.
Wong (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Wong's absence will continue through Friday's series opener as he recovers from the Grade 2 hamstring strain sustained last week. The 28-year-old resumed baseball activities this week and remains day-to-day, per Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com.
Wong (hamstring) resumed running and some baseball activities Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This is an encouraging development for Wong, who has been sidelined since last Friday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The second baseman is trending in the right direction, though whether he returns before the end of the regular season will likely depend on how he responds to on-field batting practice Thursday.
Wong (hamstring) did not travel with the Cardinals to Arizona for their final road trip of the season and instead remained back in St. Louis to receive treatment, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "He potentially could have gotten into some baseball activity on Wednesday," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "But based on the travel and flight, it made sense for him to get back to St. Louis and get full attention back there."
Wong has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and is hoping to improve enough to reenter the starting nine for the final series of the season, which unfolds this coming weekend versus the Cubs at Busch Stadium. At minimum, Wong is trying to get some at-bats in before the postseason, but he could also be a key part of St. Louis' quest for the NL Central title if that still hangs in the balance following the current series against the Diamondbacks.
Wong has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and is hoping to return for the final three games of the regular season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wong will miss a third straight game Sunday, and at least a few more with the hamstring injury that, according to manager Mike Shildt, "probably" would have landed Wong on the injured list in any other month. The Cardinals don't have much incentive to rush Wong back with a playoff berth nearly in hand, so he may not play again in before the regular season comes to a close. Expect the team to provide another update on Wong's status at some point later this week.
Wong (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
It's still unclear how long Wong will be sidelined with his hamstring injury, but he will not start Sunday for the third straight day. Like the previous two days, Tommy Edman will play second base Sunday, and Matt Carpenter will man the hot corner.
The MRI that Wong (hamstring) underwent Friday revealed a "mild-to-moderate strain," and the second baseman is planning to meet with a doctor Saturday for further evaluation, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "I want to see when I can be used," Wong said. "I feel good. The last time I pulled my hamstring, the day after I was super tight. This time, the day after, I felt good. Flexibility was there, everything was there."
While Wong certainly sounds an optimistic tone, manager Mike Shildt emphasized that the Cardinals will be particularly cautious given the unpredictable nature of soft-tissue injuries. Rogers reports Wong will have to prove he's able to complete all fundamental baseball activities -- swinging, running and fielding -- without any pain before being cleared for a return. Wong is currently feeling the most discomfort when planting firmly, and he's not yet resumed swinging a bat.
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