ST. LOUIS — One of the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospects, 2011 first-round pick Kolten Wong, was placed on the 40-man roster and promoted to the big-league club Thursday.
Wong, 22, will be in uniform when the Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs at 3:05 p.m. Friday at Wrigley Field. The left-handed-hitting second baseman was batting .303 with 21 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 107 games at Class AAA Memphis.
Wong also had 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts with a .369 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage.
To make room for Wong on the roster, the Cardinals optioned outfielder Adron Chambers to Memphis. Chambers had the game-winning hit in the Cardinals' 4-3 victory in 14 innings over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
How much playing time Wong, the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, will receive is unknown. Typically, top prospects are not used as bench players at this juncture of a season.
If Wong plays second base, hot-hitting Matt Carpenter likely would be moved to third base, his natural position. If that occurs, David Freese's future with the team could be cloudy.
Freese is batting just .269 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 101 games. Defensively, he has eight errors and often is removed from tight games in the late innings.