Reyes (elbow) could join the bullpen initially upon his return next season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
When pressed on the matter Tuesday, President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak would not rule Reyes out for the start of the 2018 season. However, Mozeliak hinted that the team could hold Reyes back until closer to May 1, and deploy him in the bullpen initially, as a way of preserving him for later in the campaign. Reyes' future is almost certainly in the rotation, but the Cardinals won't want to push their luck with the top prospect. He underwent Tommy John surgery in February.
Reyes (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
This will mark Reyes' first bullpen session since undergoing Tommy John surgery in February. He'll continue to ramp up his activity in the coming months as he looks to gain his arm strength back. The promising prospect is hoping to be healthy enough to participate in a portion of spring training next year.
Reyes (elbow) threw from 90 feet out for the first time in his rehab Sunday, Alaina Getzenberg of MLB.com reports. "It will be a few weeks at 90, and then I'll move back from there," Reyes said. "My body feels great, I feel healthy. My elbow feels great, and it's just getting back and gaining strength."
Reyes has been making consistent progress in his throwing program, having just reached a distance of 60 feet on July 24. The promising prospect will stick with his current distance for multiple weeks before attempting to take matters up another notch. The goal for Reyes continues to be for him to be healthy enough to participate in a portion of spring training in 2018.
Reyes (elbow) played catch from 60 feet Monday, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This was a momentous development in Reyes' rehab, as it marked his first official long-tossing session. Reyes had made short throws from his knees against a wall last Wednesday and Friday, and once he emerged without setbacks, the path was cleared for Monday's ramped-up activity. The Cardinals' top prospect will continue to be brought along slowly with the goal of having him ready to participate in at least a portion of spring training in 2018.
Reyes (elbow) announced he's begun his throwing program on his personal Instagram account Wednesday.
The promising right-hander is five months removed from Tommy John surgery, so Wednesday's development is certainly an encouraging sign and keeps him on track to potentially throw off a mound by September or October. Reyes is considered the organization's top pitching prospect and has compiled a 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .220 BAA and 449:170 K:BB over 334.1 minor-league innings.
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