ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Kolten Wong and Kevin Siegrist have rejoined the Cardinals for the second half, as the club activated both from the 10-day disabled list this week.
Wong was reactivated Monday, and Siegrist was officially brought back Thursday. To clear space on the 25-man roster, infielder Alex Mejia and righthanded pitcher Luke Weaver were optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Weaver appeared in just two games for the Redbirds, pitching three scoreless innings in relief. His last appearance was July 5.
Mejia’s contract was purchased on June 28 and went 3-for-14 with a homer and two RBI in 10 games. He flashed defensive versatility, notching time a second base, shortstop and third base without committing an error.
Mejia’s promotion was the result of the domino effect of Wong’s absence, as the Cardinal infield was short staffed when he went on the disabled list on June 15 for a right triceps strain, and grew thinner with the demotion of Aledmys Diaz.
Wong had been red hot before his injury, batting .301 and carrying a six-game hit streak. After a slow start that saw hit hitting just .171 in the first half of April, Wong turned things around in May. Since the start of that month, the 26-year-old has hit .333 with an OPS of .853 while playing strong defense at second base. His return will likely mean Matt Carpenter returns to regular playing time at first base after having to shift over to cover the Hawaiian’s 24-game absence. That means Luke Voit will be fill the role of bench bat, providing late-inning power from the right side while occasionally spelling Carpenter in the field.
Siegrist has struggled in 2017, managing just 27.1 inning and lugging an ERA of nearly 5 (4.94). His strikeout to walk ratio (1.67) is the worst of his career by a wide margin and hitters from both sides are batting better than .265 against him (lefties are hitting .293 with a .908 OPS).
This is likely do to his cervical spine sprain, an injury that caused the 27-year-old to miss 17 games heading into the All Star break.
Both players will be available when the Cardinals open second half play in Pittsburgh Friday.