Kolten Wong will be out for a little while after going on the DL with a bothersome elbow injury.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be without their starting second baseman for the immediate future, as they announced on Sunday morning that they’ve placed Kolten Wong on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow strain.
The 26-year-old had been one of the most consistent presences in the Cardinals’ lineup so far this season, and he was enjoying breakout offensive success, posting a .278/.378/.414 slash line with a homer though his first 157 plate appearances.
Wong exited the Cardinals’ May 20 game against the Giants with left elbow discomfort and didn’t start again until Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was scratched just before first pitch of the Cardinals’ Saturday night game in Colorado with a recurrence of the injury, and manager Mike Matheny acknowledged after the game that it was “a little concerning” that the ailment kept popping up.
Wong was replaced on the 25-man roster by infielder Paul DeJong, who homered in his first major-league at-bat during the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Rockies.
Wong’s absence will likely give additional opportunities to Jhonny Peralta and Greg Garcia, who have been parked on the bench recently. With the versatility of Garcia and Gyorko, there should be an experienced second baseman to cover the position on a daily basis. DeJong, a natural third baseman who has transitioned to shortstop this season, could see some starts, but it’s uncertain which position he would slot in at.