Cardinals Add Sosa as Injury Insurance for Wong

photo: Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning (Sunday, September 23) that they have recalled rookie infielder Edmundo Sosa from Memphis (AAA).

Sosa, 22, a native of Panama City, Panama, who was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent in July of 2012, split the 2018 season between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA).

The right-handed hitting Sosa combined to hit .270 with 12 HR’s, 30 doubles & 59 RBI in 123 games in the minors this season, starting games at second base, shortstop and third base.

The 6-0, 200-pound Sosa finished 2nd among Cardinals’ minor leaguers with his 30 doubles in 2018.   He hit a pair of homers on June 11 vs. Tulsa in a four-hit game.

Sosa was named a Midwest League (A) All-Star in 2016 and an Appalachian League (R) All-Star in 2015.  He was a member of Team Panama in the 2016 qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic.

Sosa has been assigned uniform no. 63.  His addition brings the Cardinals active roster to 36 players.


Brian Walton’s take

So, what has changed?

The Cardinals said they were done with minor league call-ups. “The front office was ‘lying’ again,” cry the cynics.

Kolten Wong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Not hardly.

Kolten Wong has been dealing with a sore left knee, which reportedly has led to hamstring problems that have kept him out of action since leaving Friday’s game early with what has initially reported as cramping.

Yairo Munoz has been starting at second base in Wong’s absence while Sosa serves as inexpensive insurance, unlikely to see any meaningful time in the field.

Sosa was already on the 40-man roster, so no other moves were required to accommodate his promotion to St. Louis for his first career MLB action.

Sosa is currently The Cardinal Nation’s 26th-ranked prospect after having been in the top 10 as recently as heading into the 2016 season.


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