Wong still bothered by right shoulder

Saturday, February 25, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- Kolten Wong is still bothered by a right shoulder injury from a tumble he took while playing left field last September at Wrigley Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals second baseman said Saturday he's been dealing with "tenderness" in the shoulder. He received a cortisone shot at the end of the season, and didn't toss a baseball until January.

The shoulder still hurts when he throws. He has had an MRI but said he does "not yet" need surgery.

Wong has been on a limited throwing program since spring training began and did not play in St. Louis' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday. He did take infield before the game.

Manager Mike Matheny expects Wong could play as soon as today.

Wong has a .248 batting average over four seasons. He was the everyday second baseman in 2015. Last season, he experimented with playing the outfield, which led to his slip and face plant during a game against the Cubs on Sept. 23.

Wong is not expected to play outfield this season.

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