A Brewers offense that has already been struggling to find consistency early this season is being dealt a tough blow, with one of their better bats landing on the injured list for at least the next couple weeks.
Kolten Wong reaggravated an oblique injury he had been dealing with while making his return to St. Louis on Thursday, to the point where he said he was barely able to swing a bat late in the game. The Brewers wanted to see how he felt this morning before making a decision on an IL stint. Judging by the fact the Brewers put Wong on the IL this morning, it doesn’t look like it felt any better.
Wong will now be on the shelf for at least the next 10 days, as Jace Peterson gets the call to replace him on the active roster.
2B Kolten Wong placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 10, 2021
INF/OF Jace Peterson selected from the Alternate Training Site.
RHP Bobby Wahl transferred to the 60-day injured list. pic.twitter.com/ZonPbjzVlc
It’s a tough break for a team that dealt away a piece of infield depth in Orlando Arcia at just about the same time Wong’s injury came up. While Arcia was limited to shortstop defensively, he could have at least handled a bulk of time there while the Brewers could have moved Luis Urias back to second base for the time being.
Instead, Urias will likely stick at short while the Brewers use Peterson and Daniel Robertson at second base. Perhaps seeing this coming, the Brewers also recently signed Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor league contract, but he’ll have to pass a physical and make it through COVID protocols and quarantine before the Brewers can consider adding him to the big league roster.
Wong was just 2-for-19 to start the year, but still carried an OBP of .346 at the top of the Brewers lineup thanks to 5 walks in his first 7 games as a Brewer. More notably, he was already making an impact defensively, including an incredible double play that helped the Brewers secure one of their two wins in Chicago earlier this week.
The Brewers haven’t said how long they expect Wong to be out, but as we know with oblique injuries, there’s a chance it could linger longer than just the 10-day stint on the IL.