By Stephen Nations

(KSDK Sports) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have demoted second baseman Kolten Wong and outfielder Shane Robinson to Memphis and recalled IF Greg Garcia and OF Randall Grichuk.

Wong, a former first-round-pick and a successful hitter in the minor leagues was off to a .225 start after hitting just .153 in his September cameo last season. The second baseman, known for his high-contact ability, has struggled to provide much help for an offense that has been sputtering recently.

Wong has failed to really make any kind of an impact at all in his time in the big leagues, producing just 3 extra-base-hits and 8 walks over his first 138 plate appearances to go with his lackluster batting average. Mark Ellis, Daniel Descalso, and Garcia will handle second base while Wong tries to get his game straightend out in Memphis.

Robinson, 24, has been largely useless this season after appearing in 201 games from 2012-2013. He has just two hits in 20 at-bats and carries little value outside of his speed at this point.

Grichuk, 22, has been off to a fantastic start after coming to the Cardinals organization with outfielder Peter Bourjos in the David Freese trade during the offseason.

He has slashed .313/.356/.542 with three home runs and 17 RBI through his first 20 games this season. Grichuk was a former first-roundpick and carries a very intriguing power/speed combo, swiping 23 bases and pounding 40 home runs over his last two minor league seasons combined.

Garcia, who played college ball at the University of Honolulu, is a utility infielder in the same vein as Daniels Descalso, minus the arm. Garcia doesn't do anything particularly great, but he does everything well and can provide occasional relief for Jhonny Peralta, Matt Carpenter, and Ellis.

While this is a bump in the road for Wong, it's certainly not the end of the road for him. He still has options, and the talent is obviously there. If Wong goes down to Memphis and plays well, I wouldn't expect it to take too long to swap Garcia out for Wong again an a few weeks.

Stephen Nations is an aspiring sports and Cardinals columnist. He will be contributing his commentary to during the 2014 season. You can follow him on twitter at


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