Reyes will be out three weeks for Triple-A Memphis with a fractured left pinky, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Reyes' wound is purely self-inflicted, as it occurred when he punched a wall in frustration after his most recent start. Luckily for him, the fracture is on his non-throwing hand, so he'll head to extended spring training to continue throwing. He'll be kept out of game action for three weeks and will then need further time to make a push to return to the big leagues.
Reyes worked his first game as a starter with Triple-A Memphis against Round Rock on Saturday, firing three scoreless innings in which he did not allow a hit, issued one walk and recorded four strikeouts.
Reyes' first 2019 appearance in the Redbirds' rotation was a success overall, and his abbreviated stint actually fell in line with the team's preset goal of keeping him between 40 and 50 pitches. Reyes hit the low end of the range, with 25 of his offerings finding the strike zone. Perhaps most encouraging was his solid control, which will remain one of the most important points of emphasis for the developing right-hander during his time in Memphis. Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports that manager Mike Shildt confirmed Reyes averaged 97 mph on his fastball during the outing, making the outing all the more impressive.
Reyes will shift from the bullpen to the starting rotation for Triple-A Memphis beginning with a Saturday start against Round Rock, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
One of the main objectives for Reyes down on the farm is to refine his control after he issued six free passes over just three innings with the Cardinals to start the season. Reyes has continued to scuffle some with his location since arriving in Memphis earlier this month, walking another six batters in three scoreless relief efforts. The shift to the rotation will allow the developing 24-year-old to work on his pitches outside of game action, as he'll have a bullpen session to throw between each start. Reyes is expected to be limited to 40-50 pitches Saturday and will then stretch out progressively with each subsequent start.
Reyes allowed two walks over two-thirds of an inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Omaha on Monday.
Reyes got just 10 of 21 pitches into the strike zone against the four hitters he faced. The hard-throwing 24-year-old was officially optioned to Memphis on Sunday after issuing six free passes over just three innings to open the season. He'll primarily be utilized in relief with the Redbirds, although he could occasionally start if necessary to keep him on schedule.
Reyes, who was officially optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, is slated to be used in a variety of roles with the Redbirds, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Reyes will be utilized in scheduled two-inning appearances, but he may also get occasional starts. The overriding goal will be to have Reyes consistently log 30-to-40-pitch outings, as the Cardinals intend to eventually have him return to the majors as both a multi- and late-inning option out of the bullpen. Reyes' rough start to 2019, one that saw him generate a 15.00 ERA over his first four appearances, earned him the demotion to Memphis, with the promising right-hander specifically blaming the majority of his struggles on a lack of consistent control.
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