Earlier today, the St. Louis Cardinals released a statement saying that they were placing Kolten Wong on the 15-day disabled list. The Cardinals announced that Wong has a contusion in his left shoulder.
Called up to replace him at second is Shane Robinson. Robinson has batted .323 for the Memphis Cardinals (AAA) so far this season. Kolten Wong’s absence will certainly be noticed but the question remains– will it be for better or for worse. The Redbird offense is sputtering and they need all of the bats they can get. Wong was a batter that rarely struckout (11% of his at bats) but only batted a .228 up until this point. Matheny made a risky investment in Kolten Wong that has not yet paid off. This is a crucial time for the Cardinals in the season and the necessary replacement of Wong with Shane Robinson leaves a lot up in the air.
Although Robinson has been solid in the AAA, that rarely has correlated to MLB success this year for the Birds. Many fans forget that Kolten Wong batted at nearly .400 at his peak in the farm league. Robinson, too, has struggled at the top tier in his few plate appearances. So far, Robinson has 34 at bats with only 5 hits (.147) with a -0.4 Offensive Wins Above Replacement in 2014. He is shaky at best.
The Cards need something big. They need an All Star Veteran at second who can recharge the lineup and add motivation to both the team and the fan-base. A shakeup is exactly what the Cardinals need in order to stay above .500, inch closer to the Brewers in the NL Central, and rejuvenate fans who were devastated by poor (at best) batting in the this season and in the 2013 World Series.
Starting this week, the Cardinals begin a 10-game road stand where their puny lineup has to face some of the brightest stars in the game. If Matheny wants to be a world champion, this is the week to prove himself worthy as a championship caliber coach instead of making the easy decision to pick up Robinson.
The Cardinals’ official statement can be found below.