Kolten Wong has a shoulder injury

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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.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”