Ailing shoulder puts Wong on DL

News-DemocratJune 21, 2014 

— Second baseman Kolten Wong was placed on the disabled list Saturday after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Philadelphia 4-1 at Busch Stadium.

Wong is battling a sore left shoulder injured June 3 when he dived to make a play against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. Since then, Wong is 2-for-30 as his average has fallen to .228.

"Yeah, I think they go hand-in-hand," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Wong's injury and tumbling average. "He's really trying to grind through, but since that happened, you've been able to see that he hasn't been able to get a good finish on the swing."

Outfielder Shane Robinson has been recalled from Class AAA Memphis to replace Wong, who played Friday and was 0-for-4.

Why replace an infielder with an outfielder?

"Realizing that Danny (Descalso) is a pretty versatile guy on the bench gives us a little more flexibility," Matheny said. "And Mark (Ellis) is the same way. Mark can play any of the positions on the infield.

"It's an advantage to have two guys like that. And then bringing in Shane to have the right-handed bat off the bench, and a little bit of speed and defense in the outfield if we need it."

Is Garcia OK?

Left-hander Jaime Garcia was evasive when interrogated by reporters about his outing Friday, leading some to wonder whether he is dealing with more shoulder discomfort.

Garcia suffered the loss in a 5-1 outcome in which he allowed four runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. He permitted four doubles, a home run and a walk to the last nine hitters he faced.

Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett drove in a run with a double on a batting-practice fastball in the fifth, and Marlon Byrd clubbed a bases-empty homer on a belt-high changeup in the sixth.

Matheny was not aware of anything being wrong with Garcia.

"That's news to me," Matheny said. "We got nothing (about that) during the game."

Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2008 season and season-ending shoulder surgery in 2013.

Jay sits, Bourjos plays

Matheny employed a largely right-handed lineup against the Phillies on Saturday, even though Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels had fared slightly better against right-handed hitters.

Benching center fielder Jon Jay (.304) and playing Peter Bourjos (.210) wasn't an easy decision for Matheny. Jay is batting .406 vs. left-handers (13-for-32) and had been 1-for-5 against Hamels.

"Even though Jon has been hitting lefties pretty well, we still have some challenges to keep other guys engaged and get some time for Peter," Matheny said. "We're just mixing it to make it a formidable lineup. We've got all the pieces to do that. It's just a matter of putting them in the right spots."

Bourjos was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as his average fell to .204.

Adams makes sacrifice

First baseman Matt Adams had two sacrifice flies Saturday --in the second against Hamels and in the eighth against Jake Diekman.

Carlos Beltran had two sacrifice flies July 19, 2013, but Adams is the first Cardinals with two sacrifice flies in a game without a hit since Matheny on April 18, 2002, against Milwaukee.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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