Cardinals Will Call Up Kolten Wong

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The St. Louis Cardinals plan to promote Kolten Wong, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, on Friday. Wong has been viewed as the team's second baseman of the future, but the emergence of All-Star Matt Carpenter this season has created a bit of a roadblock for Wong with the Cardinals. John Mozeliak, Cardinals general manager,said on Thursday that this is a "message" to the team to improve both offensively and defensively. The Cardinals aren't likely to promote their top prospect to have him sit on the bench. At Triple-A Memphis this season, Wong batted .303 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Fantasy owners should expect that type of production from him moving forward. The question remains how much playing time Wong will receive as the Cardinals continue to try to catch the NL-Central leading Pirates.

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Mark Reynolds signed with the New York Yankees on Thursday. The Yankees have a lack of power from the right side so adding Reynolds makes sense. He should get plenty of playing time between first base, third base and designated hitter for the Yankees.  He batted only .215 with the Cleveland Indians, but did have 15 home runs.
  • Zack Wheeler struck out 12 Padres in a no-decision on Thursday night. Wheeler allowed one run on seven hits with just one walk before leaving after six innings. The Mets management has said that Wheeler will be shut down at some point in September, but while he continues to pitch, he should be owned in all formats.
  • Alex Cobb was activated from the 60-day disabled list and threw five solid innings as the Rays defeated the Mariners. Cobb only gave up one run and struck out six. Cobb improved to 7-2 this season with a 2.94 ERA.
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) could return to the Athletics' lineup Friday. He has been recovering from an injured left wrist that happened when he was diving in center field in Toronto.
  • Brandon Belt hit his fourth homer in his last seven games in Thursday's comeback win over the Nationals. Belt has really heated up since the beginning of August. He has a .400 batting average with five homers and 10 RBI.
  • Angel Pagan will begin a rehab assignment on Friday. Pagan will play three innings for the Giants’ team in the Arizona Rookie League on Friday, his first game action since he re-injured his left hamstring tendon in a rehab game in late June.
  • Rafael Betancourt (appendicitis) will be activated from the disabled list as soon as today in Baltimore. However, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he's undecided if Betancourt will regain his closer job or pitch in a setup role. Rex Brothers has been solid as the closer since Betancourt has been on the DL.
  • Derek Jeter (calf) is unlikely to return when he is first eligible on Sunday.  He has not yet run the bases yet and a return next week remains unanswered as well. Yankees manager Joe Girardi seems unsure when Jeter will be back in the lineup.
  • Carlos Gomez (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and will undergo an MRI Friday. Gomez suffered the injury when he was making another incredible defensive play. Gomez has been a rare five-category fantasy player this year, batting .288 with 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
  • Jake Arrieta was scratched from Wednesday's start at Triple-A Iowa and will start today against the Cardinals. In seven outings at Iowa, Arrieta has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.56 ERA. He could join the Cubs rotation for the rest of the season.