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Cardinals’ Alex Reyes To Have Tommy John Surgery

Updated: February 15th 9:49am EST

It is unfortunate news out of Cardinals camp, as pitcher Alex Reyes has elected for Tommy John surgery.  With this decision Reyes will miss the entire 2017 season, but could be ready for 2018 if all goes well.  The news comes from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold:

Original post: February 14th 4:26pm EST

The St. Louis Cardinals reported for their first official Spring Training workout on Tuesday and already there is concern for the Top pitching prospect RHP Alex Reyes.

Based on reports, Reyes complained of discomfort in his right elbow and was sent to the medical staff to undergo an MRI. The results revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Reyes will get a second opinion but a source revealed to ESPN’s Jim Bowden that season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely.

The 22-year old New Jersey native, made his major league debut on August 9, 2016 tossing one inning and striking out a batter. In 12 games, five of which were starts, he was 4-1, with a 1.57 ERA, 1 save and 52 strikeouts in 46 innings.

Reyes is ranked as the #6 prospect in baseball by MLBPipeline.com and was expected to be a key contributor to the rotation in 2017.

Speaking to the Media and prior to the results of the MRI being released, Cards Manager Mike Matheny gave his input on Reyes, “You never want somebody to walk in the first day [and deal with this], I don’t care who it is.”

David Conde
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