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July 25, 2020 01:32 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Big hit to start season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong (neck) went 2-for-4 with a triple in a win over the Pirates on Friday.

The veteran second baseman was at the top of the lineup as expected after dealing with some neck stiffness late in summer camp, and he wasted no time notching his first extra-base hit of the campaign. Wong bounced back from a subpar 2018 at the plate with a solid .285/.361/.423 line last season across 148 games, and he also stole a career-high 24 bases. He'll look to provide similarly well-rounded production in the shortened season while often operating at the top of the order.

July 24, 2020 10:48 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Ready for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong (neck) said he's good to go for Friday's season opener against the Pirates, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

The 29-year-old sat out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Royals with neck stiffness, but it appears it was only a precautionary move. Wong had a .285/.361/.423 slash line with 11 home runs in 2019 and should operate as the Cardinals' primary second baseman this season.

July 22, 2020 01:52 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Dealing with minor neck issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong won't play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Royals due to neck stiffness but is expected to be ready to play in Friday's Opening Day game against the Pirates, Anne Rogers of reports.

Wong suffered the injury while stealing a base Tuesday. If the issue doesn't improve by Friday, the Cardinals could slide Tommy Edman to second base and start Matt Carpenter at third, opening up the designated hitter spot for one of their extra outfielders.

June 7, 2020 09:12 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Mixed outlook on Cardinals future
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong, whose contract includes a 2021 club option with a $1 million buyout as per Spotrac, may ultimately be allowed to enter free agency due to payroll considerations, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch projects.

Wong's 2021 salary is set for a robust $12.5 million if he is brought back, so the specter of a possible and much less expensive buyout will loom unless the parties agree on an extension in the coming months. Goold speculates Tommy Edman's ongoing development and the economic difficulties stemming from an abbreviated or potentially canceled 2020 season will both be significant factors in what ultimately happens with Wong's future with the team.

June 4, 2020 01:40 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Participates in Busch workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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."

May 22, 2020 02:00 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Working out regularly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 12, 2020 03:44 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Pause particularly ill-timed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 12, 2020 09:08 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 11, 2020 11:20 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Expected to play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Wong's bruised left calf is feeling better, Anne Rogers of 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.

March 9, 2020 12:52 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Nursing calf bruise
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

March 9, 2020 12:40 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Exits after HBP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong left Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins after being hit by a pitch in the lower leg, Anne Rogers of 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.

February 17, 2020 12:48 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Open to discussing extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 3, 2019 01:04 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Starting Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 3, 2019 03:08 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Will start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 2, 2019 02:36 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Expects to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 29, 2019 10:20 AM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Out for finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 28, 2019 12:56 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Out again Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 27, 2019 05:28 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Running at 70-to-80 percent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wong (hamstring) ran at 70-to-80 percent prior to Friday's game against the Cubs, Rob Rains of 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.

September 27, 2019 05:04 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Still out Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

September 25, 2019 03:20 PM
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Resumes running
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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2019: NL Gold Glove-2B