JUPITER, FL. (KMOV.com) -- In a game the Cardinals would love to quickly forget, second baseman Kolten Wong was pulled from the game in the fourth inning.
An exit that early this late in spring is usually a bad sign, but the recently-extended infielder said though he suffered an injury, everyone can exhale.
“I think you can say it’s a contusion to the kneecap, basically. I just landed on top of it,” he explained in the clubhouse.
In the top of the fourth inning, Wilson Ramos hit a ball up the middle and Wong gave chase. When the ball suddenly skipped in a new direction, he laid out in the hopes of saving what was a spiraling inning.
“I wasn’t expecting to dive, it just took kind of a weird hop and jumped away from me. Knowing the runner, understanding who was running, I figured ‘if I can catch this ball I still have a chance to get him out,’” he said. “When I missed it I kind of took my mind off the fact I was diving for a ball and literally landed right on top of my knee.”
Wong said he knew immediately what he had done, and more importantly, that it wasn’t serious.
“I know it’s not anything crazy, just after I stood up from that dive I could feel it getting tighter in my knee. I didn’t want it to turn into anything so I figured I’d tell them right off the bat,” he said.
He was pulled for Greg Garcia, and returned to the clubhouse for tests. Everything came back as expected, and he was given an ice stim pack for overnight care. He expects to be back in camp tomorrow and will test himself for soreness.
Mike Matheny confirmed the news, saying his second baseman is day-to-day and may get a day off to play things safe.
Wong had reached base in both of his at bats in the game, sending a double off the wall and beating out an infield single. He was an offensive bright spot for the Cardinals, who managed seven hits but left 11 men on base and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The team also committed five errors in the field, paving the way for a 7-0 loss.