Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cardinals' Reyes to undergo Tommy John surgery

Cardinals' Reyes to undergo Tommy John surgery

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes makes his major league debut in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 9, 2016. He felt the pain in his elbow while throwing on Friday.

Reyes took a pre-spring training physical Tuesday, was sent for an MRI and received preliminary results that evening.

The team is sending Mr. Reyes to see James Andrews, MD, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. -based Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, for a second consult.

And then came yesterday's bombshell that an MRI on Alex Reyes revealed that he will miss the 2017 season with Tommy John surgery. While Weaver's velocity is certainly not a problem-his fastball topped out at 96.4 miles per hour past year and averaged 91.9 MPH-Alex Reyes's fastballs, both of the two and four-seam varieties, topped out over 100 MPH in 2016, while each averaged over 96. The procedure may be done as early as Thursday, by team physician Dr. George Paletta, Mozeliak says.

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Reyes, a candidate for the final spot in the starting rotation, had been feeling soreness in the days leading up to camp.

"I'm hopeful that our depth will support having this type of setback, but ultimately these are never good stories", Mozeliak said. It will also increase the pressure on guys like Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez to stay healthy in the coming year, and they'll also have to hope that there's no leftover resentment on the part of Michael Wacha after a lengthy contract stalemate ended with the pitcher losing his arbitration case against the Cardinals. He lost closing role to Seung Hwan Oh.

He was spectacular in 12 games (5 starts) after being called up last season, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and a 2.67 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), striking out 10.17 batters per nine (K/9) for an fWAR of 1.4. "You never know when stuff like this happens, and maybe it is a different opportunity".

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