Kolten Wong sent down to minors; former UH teammate Garcia called up

Courtesy: msn.com
Courtesy: msn.com

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This season's Opening Day marked the first time Kolten Wong started the year in the Majors.

Unfortunately, the 23-year-old's stint on the big stage has come to an end for now as the St. Louis Cardinals sent down the former UH second baseman to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday night.

For the early part of the season, Wong had been red hot batting .308 at one point and had 12 hits through 12 games.

However, over the last two weeks, the Kamehameha-Hawaii alum saw his batting average drop to .225 with only one RBI in eight games.

Coincidentally, the player being called up to take his place is his former college teammate Greg Garcia.

So far this season in the minors, Garica has been hitting .267 with five homers and 14 runs batted in.

Wong was the team's top draft pick in 2011 and it's unknown how long this next stint in the minors will last.

Garcia is expected to join the team Monday night for a three-game series with Milwaukee.

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