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Cardinals recall Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS (AP) Second baseman Kolten Wong has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis after a brief demotion.

Rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, who has cooled off following a strong start, was optioned to Memphis on Friday. Hazelbaker has three pinch-hit homers.

The 25-year-old Wong batted .429 with four homers and 11 RBIs in seven games in the minors, including a game-winning grand slam with Memphis. He was batting .222 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 games with St. Louis and lost his starting spot when Matt Carpenter moved from third base to second base to accommodate Jhonny Peralta.

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Wong signed a five-year, $25 million extension before the season.

Hazelbaker was batting .250 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 61 games, and also led the team with four steals. He had five homers with a .317 average in the first month, but since then was batting .172.