Cardinals activate second baseman Kolten Wong

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As first relayed by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have activated second baseman Kolten Wong from the 15-day disabled list and will bat him seventh in Sunday’s series finale against the Marlins. Shane Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to open a spot on the roster.

Wong wound up missing exactly 15 days because of a bruised left shoulder. He hasn’t done much at the major league level, but the dynamic 23-year-old is a .312/.373/.476 career hitter with 26 stolen bases in 27 attempts over 125 games at Triple-A — including the results from his latest rehab assignment.

Wong should be the Cardinals’ regular second baseman going forward with veteran Mark Ellis struggling to the tune of a .193/.270/.234 season slash line. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, was ranked 33rd on Baseball Prospectus‘ Top 100 Prospects list prior to the start of the 2014 campaign.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.