It’s been quite an up and down year for Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong. The year started out with him signing a long-term contract extension to the tune of five-years and $25.5 million. Then it featured him hitting .222/.306/.286 with a total of four extra-base hits in 144 plate appearances. That led to a demotion to the minors a little over a week ago.
Maybe now he’s on his way back up.
Wong hit two homers in a Triple-A game last night and now has four home runs and 11 RBI in six games since being sent down. He’s 10-for-24 and has walked four times. What’s more, he’s played center field the last two games which could make him an attractive super utility guy for the Cardinals, hastening his return to the bigs. Indeed, he’ll have to be something of a super ute barring injury, as Matt Carpenter has taken over at second base for the Cardinals with Jhonny Peralta playing third and Aledmys Diaz at short.
Whatever the case, Wong is making the most of his time on the farm and is making what looked to be a hard road back a bit easier.
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.