The Cardinals initially promoted Alex Reyes in early August to serve as a relief ace, but poor performance and injuries in the rotation led to him receiving five starts over the season's final month. He was almost unhittable as a reliever (.138 BAA) and remained dominant as a starter, but he clearly walked too many batters in both roles. Reyes has ace-level stuff, not only dominating with his famed four-seamer that sits at 97 mph and can touch 102, but also rendering hitters helpless with highly effective secondaries in his curveball (.538 OPS against, 46.2 strikeout percentage) and changeup (.592, 34.4 percent). Fringe-average fastball command and control are the only blemishes in his profile, but his stuff is so nasty that he understandably reached the majors after just 100 combined innings at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Noah Syndergaard, for instance, needed 216.2 innings at those two levels before his MLB debut. Unfortunately, Reyes' development will be delayed as he is slated to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2017 season.
Reyes (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday and will begin rehabbing in April, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Reyes is proceeding on schedule after it was discovered that he would need Tommy John surgery earlier this week. He'll begin rehabbing sometime in April and will miss the entire 2017 season and possibly some of the beginning of spring training in 2018. The Cardinals will now likely look to Michael Wacha to fill their last rotation spot, however Luke Weaver and Trevor Rosenthal will also get looks in camp.
The Cardinals have confirmed that Reyes (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Fears of a possible UCL repair surfaced Tuesday after Reyes was not cleared to throw at the outset of spring training workouts. As a result of the surgery, Reyes will miss the entire 2017 campaign, with the possibility of being ready at some point early in spring training in 2018 if everything progresses well with his recovery. The Cards will likely turn to Michael Wacha to fill the spot Reyes was expected to hold in the rotation, but Luke Weaver is also an option if the team opts to utilize Wacha in a multi-inning relief role instead.
An MRI revealed that Reyes (elbow) has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, Jim Bowden of ESPN reports. Red flags were raised after he experienced elbow soreness late last week, and following the top prospect's physical Tuesday, it seems like the worst case scenario became a reality. Reyes is going to get a second opinion on his ailing elbow, but it appears that his season will be over before it even began. Reyes was expected to compete for St. Louis' fifth rotation spot with Michael Wacha prior to the injury, although those plans will now have to wait until sometime during the 2018 campaign. Reyes' pedigree is still good enough to warrant a look in dynasty formats in case he returns to form next year, but that's about where his value ends for the time being.
Reyes had an MRI on his pitching arm Tuesday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. The Cardinals do not yet know the results of the test. His scheduled throwing session was skipped Tuesday morning following a physical, so there is plenty of cause for concern, but we won't know the specific nature of the ailment until the MRI results are released.
Reyes has not yet been cleared to throw following a physical Tuesday morning, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports. He skipped his scheduled throwing session Tuesday, and the Cardinals are awaiting more information before commenting. This is certainly noteworthy, and if medical tests did not come back clean, Reyes would be unlikely to pitch in the World Baseball Classic as planned.