ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals demoted rookie second baseman Kolten Wong to the minor leagues on Monday.
Wong a former University of Hawaii standout from the Big Island, was batting .225 with five RBIs in 71 at-bats, and didn't play the last two games of a weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was sent to Triple-A Memphis.
"He's been so much on the fast track, realizing that he could either try and figure it out here getting limited playing time or get back to Memphis and jump in every day and get it figured out," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was quoted as saying on the team's website. "We believe he's going to have a long career. It definitely will speed the process up for him where he is feeling better at the plate."
Kolten Wong has a .225 batting average with the St. Louis Cardinals this season
The Cardinals also optioned reserve outfielder Shane Robinson to Memphis.
Another former UH player, infielder Greg Garcia, was recalled from Triple-A, along with outfielder Randal Grichuk.
Garcia's five home runs at Memphis were a team high. Grichuk was batting .310 with a team-leading 17 RBIs.