Kolten Wong left Saturday night’s game with left elbow discomfort.
As if the fact that they wasted nine innings of shutout ball from Carlos Martínez and lost to the San Francisco Giants in extra innings on Saturday night wasn’t bad enough, the St. Louis Cardinals had another unfortunate occurrence to deal with. Second baseman Kolten Wong exited after three innings with left elbow discomfort.
Considering that the injury is to his non-throwing arm, it seems exceptionally unlikely that this will be something that causes Wong to miss extended time. But for a player like Wong who is finally on the upswing after struggling mightily for a year and a half, any setback has the potential to be a really bad setback.
Wong is in the midst of a breakout season, as he’s hitting .282 with an .802 OPS to start the year. With the way he’s been hitting, it would be a punch in the gut for the Cardinals to lose him, but they’re rather well-equipped to replace him from a personnel standpoint. Greg Garcia can fill in at second base, and Jhonny Peralta could always play third base with Jedd Gyorko sliding over to second.