ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) - The Cardinals have recalled second baseman Kolten Wong from AAA Memphis and sent Jeremy Hazelbaker down.
Wong, who was sent down June 5 due to early season struggles, hit the cover off the ball in Memphis. Wong went 12-28 (.429 average), with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. In his first game in AAA, he hit a walk-off Grand Slam.
In 49 games with the big club, Wong recorded a .222 average, with a .306 on-base percentage. He was sent down when Jhonny Peralta returned from a wrist injury, in part because of the emergence of Aledmys Diaz at shortstop.
Wong primarily played in the outfield for the Memphis Redbirds. In the offseason, he signed a 5-year $25.5 million contract.
In 2014, Wong struggled during the early part of the season and was sent down to Memphis. When he returned to St. Louis, his performance significantly improved, and he finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting.
Ironically, the Cardinals are giving away a Kolten Wong Hawaiian shirt to fans who attend Friday's game against the Rangers.
Hazelbaker is batting .250 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI in 61 games. Lately, he has primarily been used as a pinch hitter.
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