(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup today after fouling a ball off his right big toe last night.
“We don’t have a timetable,” Mike Shildt said. “It’s been less than 24 hours, a lot of things medically clear up within that first 24-48 hours. We’ll get more clarity on it. The good news, no fracture. It’s just going to be how he heals and how he moves around.”
Today Wong was moving around just fine in the clubhouse–via a scooter, to keep pressure off the toe. It was quite the contrast to last night when he had to fight back tears from the pain of his injury.
“I’ve fouled balls off my toes hundreds of times, but God, this one takes the cake,” said Wong last night. “It was bleeding once we took the sock off. It was one of those where it was bleeding and they had to make a hole because there was still more blood that couldn’t get out.”
The injury occurred in the bottom of the 7th inning when Wong was leading off. After drilling the foul onto his foot, he was assisted off the field by the training staff.
“That was terrible,” Wong said. “You talk about just beating the crap out of my toe–that’s what it felt like. It was sensitive and then to go and drill into it, I wanted to cry.”
For now the Cardinals have not made a roster move, but it’s still unclear if Wong will be able to travel with the team to Milwaukee for tomorrow’s start of their three game series.
Rookie Tommy Edman will start at second base today with Yairo Munoz also in the mix to play in Wong’s absence. A former All-Star at second, Matt Carpenter will play at third and not move across the diamond.
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