Kolten Wong injury update: Cardinals ‘MVP’ strains hamstring



The Cardinals’ push to clinch their division took a hit Thursday night when second baseman Kolten Wong, who one teammate referred to as the “MVP of the team” (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) strained his left hamstring in a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Wong, 28, suffered the injury running to first base on a groundout in the fifth inning. He’s set for an MRI exam on Friday, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters. 

“It looks to be a mild strain of some sort,” Shildt said (via the team’s website). “There’s varying degrees of mild, right? Clearly, he won’t be in there the next couple of days, but we’re hopeful to have more information in the next 24-48 hours.”

According to Fox Sports Midwest, Wong said Friday morning that the hamstring didn’t feel that bad so he’s optimistic ahead of the MRI exam.

Wong has had an incredible second half with a .342/.409/.487 slash line since the All-Star break. St. Louis has mirrored his success with a 42-23 record since the break after going 44-44 in the first half of the season.

With Wong on the mend, Shildt will look to rookie Tommy Edman to play second base.

Edman has played well in 83 games this season, batting .289/.325/.481 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs.

St. Louis (86-67) has a three-game lead over the Brewers atop the NL Central with nine games left in its season, including six more against the Cubs, who are four games behind the Cardinals.





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