Cardinals option Kolten Wong to Triple-A

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The Cardinals announced on Monday that the club optioned second baseman Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis. That clears up roster space for shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Wong, 25, has had a rough season, batting .222/.306/.286 with a total of four extra-base hits in 144 plate appearances. He’ll at least get regular at-bats in the minors, which will help him get back on track. Wong inked a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals back in March.

Peralta is expected to handle third base as Aledmys Diaz has claimed shortstop as his own. Matt Carpenter will shift over to second base. Peralta hasn’t played third base since 2010 with the Tigers.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”