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Cardinals Talk: Derrick Goold on Wong’s and Holliday’s Statuses, Wrigley Field Drama

Brendan Marks, Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:48:00 GMT

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday to talk an assortment of Cardinals topics.

We’ve typed out some of the notable excerpts. You can listen to the whole thing below.

Will Kolten Wong be back today?

“He has to go through that 48 years. He can be back today and that’s the hope…that he’ll go through the tests and get clearance to be back. Once he answers the concussion protocols, he has to go through certain things and there has to be a certain amount of time before he can get back on the field. He did well yesterday, he passed the tests. Doctors are going to want to look at him today and he’s got to get the clearance from MLB.”

On Matt Holliday’s injury status:

“(General manager John) Mozeliak struck a more cautious tone yesterday. Holliday’s been here pushing…trying to prove he’s ready to go. He’s running, throwing. He’s been doing more exercises. I asked Mozeliak if there’s something he saw out there that made him more cautious. (Mozeliak) said it wasn’t something they saw per se, but with this injury…they just don’t want him to rush. They don’t want to create a situation, where he comes back too soon, then he re-aggravates the injury. I get that sense they’re not quite sure he’s going to get that medical clearance (for this four-game series against the Pirates).

Do you get the sense the Cardinals would prefer their pitchers not pitch in the All-Star Game?

Yeah, that’s the conversation coming in Pittsburgh today. Mozeliak wants to talk to Wacha. If (Carlos) Martinez wins the Final Vote they want to talk to him as well. They know it’s a big honor, they get the importance of it, but there’s something else going on here. The hope was that Wacha starting yesterday, that would’ve bought him a whole stretch of days off (counting the All-Star Game). You’re talking about eight, nine, 10 days off for Wacha. They’re going to have a conversation about it. And also rearrange their rotation after the break to allow for some rest if Wacha and/or Martinez pitch.

On Dan Johnson’s debut:

He’ll probably start again because that’s what we’ve seen recently. He’s going to be in the mix at first base. Johnson’s going to play because that’s what they’ve been doing at first base. A guy comes up, gets a couple hits, gets a couple RBIs, he’s going to start again.

Where would you rank last year’s game amongst regular season games:

It was a cool atmosphere. It was a good game. It was a compelling game. Just a turn that the Cardinals took was fascinating. With one swing it all changes and a quiet falls over the crowd. I’ve seen a lot of games like that obviously, It was neat to see Wrigley that charged, which we haven’t seen for a while. It has been a ballpark that hasn’t had as much life, because the Cubs haven’t had much life.

Here’s the complete segment:

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