Wong Not Starting

(Busch Stadium) After tight hamstrings led to his 8th inning exit last night, second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup this afternoon for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I think Kolten’s in pretty good shape,” said Mike Shildt. “Good news is we feel like we’ve gotten ahead of it. It’d have been a real push for him to start today, looking to see what he can do about coming off the bench and definitely get him back in there tomorrow.”

Wong began dealing with the issue in his first at-bat, with the condition worsening to the point that he needed to come out of the game. Trainers had told him that it was either a mild strain in both hamstrings or dehydration.

“We don’t feel like it’s a strain at this point,” said Shildt. “He’s recovered pretty well and moved forward. We’ll continue to evaluate, but we’re very hopeful.”

ROTATION vs MIL

–The Cardinals will make a slight adjustment to their rotation for their upcoming series against Milwaukee as Shildt announced Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber, and John Gant will take the mound. The change keeps Flaherty on regular rest and provides a couple of extra days in between starts for Gomber, who last started on September 18th.

This coming Thursday is the last off-day for the Cardinals, which would also allow some additional maneuvering of the rotation before heading to Wrigley Field for their final series of the regular season.

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