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Cardinals Injury Update: Kolten Wong expects to play Tuesday


By on 9/01/2014 11:00:00 AM

After passing all concussion tests following a collision with the ground on Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong will undergo further evaluation Monday, but he expects to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of the series. Wong will sit out Monday, but he said he could pinch hit if needed.



Wong hit his head on the ground while attempting to make an over-the-shoulder catch on a pop-up by the Cubs' Chris Valaika (video). He stayed on the ground for over two minutes but eventually walked off on his own.

MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports that initial tests showed no signs of concussion, but the Cardinals Injury Report says that Wong may have a back injury although that is not yet confirmed. Monday's evaluation may reveal the information. Langosch quoted the second baseman describing what happened after he hit the ground. Said Wong,
"As soon as I hit, I just knew I had to lay down because I felt a lot of pressure in my head, and [I was] a little dizzy. I didn't lose any consciousness, and I wasn't out of it at all. I just felt really dizzy. Not really any pain. No headache or anything."
Manager Mike Matheny said that he plans to have team physicians re-examine Wong on Monday, which may have already happened.

Wong added that he is ready to pinch hit Monday, and he expects to play again Tuesday:
"I've got to do some tests [Monday] to find out if I'm fine. If they need me, I'll be ready to pinch-hit."
Pete Kozma, who took over for Wong Sunday, will most likely play second base until Wong returns.

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