St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes is dealing with a partial tear in his pitching elbow that will require Tommy John surgery, ending his season.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak cheap jerseys confirmed to reporters that Reyes will need to undergo Tommy John surgery:
Mozeliak said the Cardinals had Reyes get an MRI after he mentioned “discomfort in his right elbow,” per Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
“Rather than speculate on anything now, it’s best just to wait until tomorrow when we get the [MRI] read,” Mozeliak said, per Langosch.
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The 22-year-old Reyes was named the best right-handed pitching prospect in Major League Baseball heading in to 2017, per MLB.com.
After starting last season in Triple-A, Reyes was called up to the big leagues August 9 when Michael Wacha was placed on the custom mlb jerseys disabled list. Reyes made 12 appearances, including five starts, and posted a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 46 innings.
Reyes has been scheduled to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic set to begin on March 6, but it’s unclear now if he will still be able to participate in the event.
Per the Cardinals’ official depth chart, Reyes is listed as their No. 5 starter heading into the season. They do have depth mlb jerseys cheap with Wacha, Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake and the return of Lance Lynn after he missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.
Based on Reyes’ age and promise, he is a huge part of the Cardinals pitching staff heading into 2017. Any injury, especially to his pitching elbow, is going to raise immediate red flags.
The Cardinals are equipped to handle Reyes’ injury from a depth perspective, but losing their best prospect on the cusp of stardom will be a difficult pill to swallow.