Early Exit for Wong

Already dealing with some back tightness, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong made an early exit from tonight’s game after being hit by a pitch in the 6th inning.

“After I got hit, it definitely loosened up,” smiled Wong. “Everyone at this point, we’re a little banged up and what not, but I’m going to push through it. Mike’s giving me a chance to start, if my leg’s not broken, I’m out there. Unfortunately, I got hit twice in basically the same spot. Trying to run the bases, it just wasn’t happening so he made the decision to take me out and I just wanted to get treatment as fast as I could so hopefully I can play Friday.”

It was the second time in the game Wong had been by Cleveland starter Shane Beiber, with both balls striking in his right hamstring area.

“That whole area kind of locked up,” said Wong, who had already received acupuncture and hot/cold tub treatments to help take the swelling down.

It was the second time this season Wong had been hit twice by a pitch in the same game and was the 12th time overall.

“No one wants to get hit twice in one game,” said Wong. “Once I understand, but twice–let’s turn the page. Let’s figure it out. I know he didn’t do it on purpose, but end of the day we’re all professionals. We’ve got to figure out how to not do the same thing twice.”

As for the back tightness, Wong described it as “a weird thing” that began yesterday in his middle back.

“As I was coming to the field, I could feel it tighten up,” he explained. “Came in and did some work. Throughout the game yesterday, I felt it a little bit. As soon as I got out of the game, it just kind of locked up so I did some work after. Came in early today and did some work and was ready to go.”

While tomorrow is an off-day, Wong plans to receive more treatment with plans to be ready for Friday night as the Atlanta Braves open up a weekend series at Busch Stadium.

photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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