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Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong flips the ball to first base to retire Milwaukee's Keon Braxton in the Aug. 17 game at Busch Stadium. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

QUESTION: Are the Cards optimistic that Wong can play a significant amount of the games this year? Is Gyroko remaining with the team an instance of the Cardinals hedging their bet at 2B?

GOOLD: These are related, yes. The goal from the Cardinals' point of view is to have Kolten Wong emerge as that 135-140-game second baseman that is an everyday part of their lineup. No more yo-yo'ing in and out and all around. He's the second baseman.

Now, part of what stands between him and the Gold Glove Award for him and the All-Star Game we've talked about in here before is that sheer bulk of games. He's got to be the regular. And part of why Gyorko is around is, sure, he offers that righthanded complement at second when Wong gets a day or when there's a lefty on the mound that ties Wong up, or any of those things. It's a clear obvious role for Gyorko -- one that Munoz also could fill.

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