Siegrist Joins Wong in St. Louis

(photo: Kevin Siegrist/Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Kolten Wong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they activated second baseman Kolten Wong from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, and activated left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist from the 10-day disabled list today (Thursday). To make room for both players on the St. Louis roster, infielder Alex Mejia and right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver were optioned to Memphis (AAA) following Sunday’s game.

Wong, 26, missed 24 games while on the D.L. with a right triceps strain (June 15-July 9). The left-handed hitting Wong recently made a rehab assignment with Springfield (AA), hitting .400 (6-for-15) with one home run, two doubles and four RBI in four games at second base. Prior to his injury, Wong was sporting a six-game hitting streak (9-20, .450) to raise his batting average to .301, which would rank tied for 15th in the National League but falls shy of the qualifying plate appearances.  Wong also missed 13 games (May 27-June 8) previously this season with a left elbow injury.

Kevin Siegrist (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Siegrist, 27, missed 17 games while on the D.L. with a cervical spine sprain (June 23-July 12). Siegrist recently made a pair of rehab outings with Springfield, tossing 1.0 inning with one strikeout in each appearance. This season, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA (27.1 IP/15 ER), one save and 25 strikeouts in 31 games.

Mejia, who had his contract purchased on June 28, enjoyed his Major League debut in a Cardinals uniform. The right-handed utility infielder batted .214 (3-for-14) with one home run and two RBI in 10 games (three starts) while sporting a perfect fielding percentage at second base, third base and shortstop.

Weaver appeared in two games with St. Louis during his 2017 debut since his recall on July 3. The right-hander threw 3.0 combined scoreless innings in relief against Miami. His final outing was 2.0 shutout frames with a pair of strikeouts on July 5.

Brian Walton’s take

As the dates in the above release confirm, most of this news is several days old. The new item is the return of Siegrist, which was expected despite a less-than impressive two innings at Springfield, during which he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. That makes for a .400 batting average against and a 9.00 ERA.

Here is what TCN’s Derek Shore witnessed from Siegrist at Hammons Field:

Weaver missed pitching in the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game due to his stint with St. Louis, but would probably make that trade any time.

With the return of Wong, the question of playing time on the Cardinals infield will move to the forefront. At first base, the solid play of rookie Luke Voit meant Matt Carpenter slipped over to second, which happens to be Wong’s only position. Jedd Gyorko seems locked into third base, so someone is going to lose out.

The status quo would suggest Voit will draw the short straw, but with the season now in its mathematical and practical second halves and the Cardinals not making headway in the division race, the team could be ready for change.

Minor league notes

Perez shelved

Juan Perez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the Peoria Chiefs placed starting pitcher Juan Perez on the seven-day disabled list due to a flexor strain.

In a bit of an unusual progression, after 20 appearances out of Palm Beach’s bullpen to open the season, the 22-year old Venezuelan was sent down to Peoria to rejoin its rotation exactly one month ago. It was a role Perez had previously filled for part of 2016.

In five starts for the Chiefs, the right-hander logged a solid 2.51 ERA, with 16 strikeouts and seven walks in 28 2/3 Midwest League innings. Perez last pitched on Sunday, July 9, going six innings, with his next turn scheduled Friday at Lake County.

The Class-A Chiefs were not immediately assigned a roster replacement or have announced a new Friday starter.

Montgomery returns

On Thursday, the Memphis Redbirds activated reliever Mark Montgomery off the temporarily inactive list. The right-hander was away from the club for the minimum three days, all of which was during the Triple-A all-star break, anyway. In other words, Montgomery did not miss any game action.

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