Kolten Wong left Thursday’s game early for the Milwaukee Brewers, and before the game on Friday night, the club made a roster move to place him on the Injured List. Utilityman Pablo Reyes has taken his spot on the active roster for the time being.
2B Kolten Wong placed on on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. INF/OF Pablo Reyes recalled from Triple-A Nashville. OF Derek Fisher sent to Triple-A Nashville on rehab assignment. pic.twitter.com/1FNGwiZRx7— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 4, 2021
The club expressed specific concern that this is the same injury and oblique that Wong suffered earlier in the year. At that time, the team and player pressed to get back more quickly, but this time Wong said he believes he may be laid up longer than he was in April. He told reporters he wants to make sure the issue is taken care of for sure this time, so that it doesn’t reoccur and he can be a major contributor during the second half of the season. Wong has already been one of the team’s most potent bats during his inaugural year in Milwaukee, hitting .280/.343/.441 for a 114 OPS+ through 178 plate appearances.
In Wong’s absence, the club will look to Luis Urias to make most of the starts at the keystone. He obviously made an outstanding play at second base in Friday night’s ballgame, robbing a possible base hit up the middle to keep Freddy Peralta’s no-hit bid intact. Urias may have fallen out of favor as the club’s everyday shortstop, but our own Jack Stern recently explored Luis’ improved power and he figures to be able to find plenty of at-bats around the infield if he continues to produce at a solid clip at the plate (.221/.318/.409 for a 99 OPS+ entering play today).
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