Cardinals work out after All Star break

Cardinals infielders Kolten Wong (right) and Tommy Edman work out at Busch Stadium during last July’s All Star break. (Post-Dispatch photo by Christian Gooden)

QUESTION: If Tommy Edman has a decent short season, and second base being his natural position, do the Cardinals opt out on Kolten Wong for $12.5 million? Seems like a lot of money in this current climate, especially considering Wong’s career offensive production.

COMMISH: The Wong issue will be an important one any time after October. I am of the one-season-at-a-time mentality and it will take a lot to even get this season in. I will worry about next season starting Nov. 1.

Edman might be a good replacement, but Wong is the best at what he does in the field and is an emerging offensive threat.

Follow-up: Has Edman been playing shortstop in camp? Wondering if he’s the backup SS this season.

COMMISH: Edmundo Sosa has been playing shortstop in the intrasquad games with Edman playing second and third. Edman is the backup shortstop if Sosa isn’t on the roster.

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