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Cardinals recall Wong, option Garcia

Kolten Wong returns to the Cardinals.
Kolten Wong returns to the Cardinals.
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Hours after Greg Garcia takes a pitch to the side to win Tuesday's game against the Cubs, he's finding himself back in Memphis. The Cardinals have announced that Garcia is being optioned to Memphis and Kolten Wong is being recalled by the club.

Wong was optioned to Memphis on April 27 after making the club as the opening day second baseman; he struggled to start the season and the team felt he needed extra at bats. In the 15 games that Wong played in Memphis, he had hits in 13 of them; he had a .344 batting average overall during his demotion. Wong finished his Memphis stint with 4 hits and 4 RBIs against Red Rock.

Garcia's hit by pitch last night drove in his first major league RBI. He was primarily used off the bench and mainly at second base.

Recalling Wong was also fueled by the poor play of Mark Ellis. Ellis signed with the Cardinals to back up second base and to be insurance in case Wong did not hit; while both things came true, the Cardinals didn't foresee that Ellis wouldn't hit either. In 63 at bats, Ellis is hitting .190/.268/.222.

Wong will be with the team tonight against Chicago and wearing the number 16.