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Kolten Wong strains hamstring


It was cool for the Cardinals that Matt Carpenter was able to hit a heroic 10th inning home run in last night’s win over the Cubs. the reason he was in the game to do so in the first place was not so cool, however: he came in to replace Kolten Wong in the lineup — playing third base with Tommy Edman moving over to second — after Wong strained his hamstring.

He was removed in the fifth inning of the game and, afterwards, was described as having a “mild tear” in his left hamstring. He’ll have an MRI today. No matter the results, he’s expected to miss several days as it is. If it’s more severe than expected, his availability for the postseason is, obviously, in jeopardy.

That would be a big blow to the Cardinals, who have relied heavily on Wong this year. He’s hitting .285/.361/.423 with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts this season but has been even better in the second half, hitting .342/.409/.487 since the break.


Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.