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.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.