PEORIA, IL – According to reports second baseman Kolten Wong will rehab for the Peoria Chiefs Thursday against Cedar Rapids at 7:00 p.m. There will be post-game fireworks following the game which is also a Baumgarten Distributing Beer & Brat Thirsty Thursday.
Wong went on the Cardinals disabled list with inflammation in his left knee on July 23. In 91 games this season he is batting .216 with seven homers, 10 doubles, two triples, 29 runs scored and 24 RBI. Last year he hit .285 in 108 games for the Cardinals with four homers, 27 doubles, 42 RBI and 55 runs scored. Wong rehabbed for the Chiefs in three games June 6-8 last season going 1-for-7 with a home run, walk, steal and two runs scored.
A native of Hilo, Hawaii, Wong made his MLB debut in 2013 with 59 at-bats in 32 games. He hit a career-high 12 homers with 42 RBI, 14 doubles, 20 steals and a .249 average in 2014 while being named the May NL Rookie of the Month. Wong hit .262 with 11 homers, 28 doubles, 15 steals and a career-best 61 RBI in 2015. Wong added three home runs in the 2014 MLB playoffs including a walk-off homer against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.
After being selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, Wong reported to the Midwest League’s Quad Cities River Bandits. He hit .335 in 47 games in the second half of the season to help the River Bandits to the MWL Championship with five homers, 15 doubles, nine steals, 25 RBI and 39 runs scored. Wong played 126 games for Double-A Springfield in 2012, batting .287 with nine homers, 23 doubles, 52 RBI and 79 runs scored while being named a Mid-Season and Post-Season Texas League All-Star. He played 107 games for Triple-A Memphis in 2013 with a .303 average to go along with 10 homers, 21 RBI, eight triples and 45 RBI before making his MLB debut. While in the Minors, Wong represented the Cardinals in both the 2012 and 2013 MLB Futures Games and was named the Cardinals 2013 Minor League Player of the Year.
Wong will be the second MLB rehab of the 2018 season following pitcher Alex Reyes who struck out 12 against Clinton on May 14. Last year the Chiefs had outfielder Stephen Piscotty, pitcher Tyler Lyons and Wong. In 2016 Jhonny Peralta played five games on the infield for the Chiefs. Former Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia threw the first five innings of a no-hitter against Clinton on July 23, 2015 in a rehab start. Jon Jay also rehabbed for the Chiefs in the outfield in 2015 while Jake Westbrook threw seven innings in a win against Quad Cities on June 9, 2013.
Tickets for this Thursday’s game are available at the Dozer Park Box Office or online at www.peoriachiefs.com. Per the Chiefs ticket policy, the Never-A-Wasted Ticket exchange plan is suspended for all MLB Rehab appearances.