6/21/2014 8:20 P.M. ET
Robinson rejoins Cards as Wong heads to DL
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Outfielder Shane Robinson will rejoin the Cardinals on Sunday, taking a roster spot that opened upon the Cardinals' need to place second baseman Kolten Wong on the disabled list.
Wong continues to be bothered by his left shoulder, which he jammed while making a diving play on June 3. Shoulder soreness forced him out of the game two days later, after which Wong rested for four days while the Cardinals made a trip to Toronto. Upon returning, he was 2-for-26.
"I think they go hand in hand," manager Mike Matheny said of Wong's shoulder and struggles. "He's really trying to grind though, but since that happened, you've been able to see that he hasn't been able to get a good finish on the swing. We're going to make the move."
By placing Wong on the 15-day DL on Saturday, the Cardinals will be able to activate the rookie second baseman as early as July 6. Matheny suggested that the club's medical staff will do some more advanced testing and treatment on the area now that the Cardinals know Wong will be unavailable for at least two weeks.
With Wong sidelined, Mark Ellis is expected to get the bulk of playing time at second. He went 1-for-3 in Saturday's win.
Robinson, who has vacillated between Memphis and St. Louis this season, gets the summons from Triple-A, where he hit .274/.375/.339 with 11 runs in 16 games during this most recent stint. Matheny said that the flexibility offered by infielders Daniel Descalso and Ellis allowed for the Cardinals to call up an outfielder instead of an infielder.
Matheny set to meet with Torre regarding replays
ST. LOUIS -- Manager Mike Matheny has a conversation scheduled with Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre in the coming days, during which the two will discuss the expanded replay system.
Matheny remains supportive of baseball's efforts to use technology to reduce the number of missed calls this season. But the Cardinals manager is also baffled at how little the replay system has so far benefited his club.
"I don't even know exactly what he wants to hear," Matheny said of that upcoming discussion. "I don't have any great wisdom or opinions except, 'Joe, it hasn't worked out great for us. You show me or tell me what I'm doing something wrong and I'm all ears and ready to make an adjustment.' We're trying to challenge everything that looks like it could be challenged, and it's just not worked out for us."
Matheny has been more deliberate than most managers in deploying challenges, choosing only to ask for a review when he gets an affirmative signal from bench coach Mike Aldrete, who is in communication with the club's video coordinator. That process has led to 10 Cardinals challenges, tied for the lowest total among all MLB managers.
According to figures kept by baseball-reference.com, only three of Matheny's challenges have resulted in a call being overturned. Only Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon (29 percent) has a lower success rate; however, he has used 24 challenges. Miami manager Mike Redmond has the highest percentage, as 12 of his 14 challenges had been successful.
The Cardinals have evaluated their video review process, but see no issue with it. They also go back after the fact to see if there were calls that should have been challenged and weren't. The club hasn't found that to be the case either. There have been a few times, most recently on Friday, when the Cardinals believed they had evidence to see a call overturned but did not get such a ruling on the field.
"I think they're showing statistically that they're making a lot of adjustments, they're overturning calls, they're changing games," Matheny said. "I'm speaking from a personal basis as far as the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 go. It hasn't impacted us in a positive way. It's not from a lack of taking a look at things. They're just not missing a lot of big calls against us."
In an effort to become more educated on the system, Matheny continues to review all of the calls challenged elsewhere to see how other managers are using their challenges and what calls are being overturned. Of the 461 manager challenges used this season, 51.4 percent have been reversed by replay.
"There are other teams who have had a ton of them," Matheny said. "Maybe over the course of four years, five years, it will all start to even out and we'll get on a run where these guys are missing blatant calls and changing games for us. Fortunately it speaks to the fact that these [umpires] have done a pretty good job in getting calls right."
• Though Jaime Garcia was evasive with his answers about the outing and his health after Friday's loss, manager Mike Matheny said a day later that he is not aware of any physical issue potentially bothering Garcia. The left-hander has missed parts of the last three seasons due to shoulder injuries.
• Triple-A Memphis defeated Salt Lake, 13-4, on Friday behind a big offensive night from outfielder Randal Grichuk. Grichuk had the team's third four-hit game of the season. He also scored three times. Xavier Scruggs drove home five runs, tying a career high. Shane Robinson went 3-for-5 with four runs scored from the leadoff spot.
• Right-hander Mike Mayers, a third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, made his Double-A debut with Springfield on Friday and took the loss while allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. Mayers struck out five and walked one.
• Joe Kelly remains scheduled to throw a bullpen at Busch Stadium on Sunday. It will likely be his last time throwing off the mound in St. Louis before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.