Kolten Wong has been fantastic since being called back up from Triple-A by the Cardinals three weeks ago, hitting .295 with five steals and a .777 OPS in 17 games–including his first career grand slam–but now the rookie second baseman could be sidelined by an injury.
Wong exited last night’s game with left shoulder pain two days after originally injuring his shoulder while trying to make a diving play defensively. Wong told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he aggravated the shoulder injury on a swing and tried to remain in the game, but eventually had to leave.
If he needs to miss extended time the Cardinals will turn back to veteran Mark Ellis, who briefly held the second base job when they decided to demote Wong back to Triple-A last month.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.