Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Rockies after sustaining a left hamstring strain, per a team announcement. It’s not yet known exactly how long he’ll be sidelined with the injury, but he’s expected to be day-to-day for the time being.
Wong was pulled in the second inning after popping a ground ball up the middle and hustling to beat the throw to first base. He immediately began to limp after crossing the bag and was attended to by a team trainer before leaving the game. Following the incident, he was replaced on the field by Greg Garcia, who shifted over from short to cover second base. Yairo Muñoz took over at short and assumed Wong’s spot in the lineup.
The 27-year-old second baseman has made it through the 2018 season relatively injury-free so far, save for a couple days missed with elbow and hamstring contusions and the two weeks he spent rehabbing a bout of knee inflammation in late July. Prior to Saturday’s injury, he went 0-for-1 against the Rockies’ German Marquez to bring his season totals to .244/.326/.386 with eight home runs, a .712 OPS and 2.3 fWAR in 349 PA.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.