St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes at Busch Stadium.

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Alex Reyes Ready To 'Attack' Post-Surgery Rehab Again

The 23-year-old will miss the rest of the 2018 season, but has promised to "get it done and go 100 percent at it."

June 12, 2018 - 5:14 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Alex Reyes returned to the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse, Tuesday after having surgery last week and spending some time with his family in New Jersey. He says he expects to "get back to who I actually am" next season for St. Louis. 

He gave a few details on his physical recovery process, saying he'll be in a padded sling for six weeks, then will be able to start playing catch four months from now. 

He also described, mentally, what hearing the news of another season-ending surgery was like. 

"I was in immediate tears, it sucked, there's no other way to put it," Reyes says. "Driving to the field from the doctor's office it was just completely crying, got to the training room it was crying. It's not fun. I wouldn't wish this on anybody's career to have so many bumps along this rode. Whatever it is I have to do to get on the mound I'm going to make sure I get it done and go 100 percent at it."

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Reyes found out he would need surgery after getting a second opinion from a doctor in Philadelphia, days after his first start this season in Milwaukee on May 30. He threw four innings, with a noticable drop in velocity in the game. After the game he still says the fatigue he felt was nothing out of the ordinary. 

The following morning the Cardinals say they found he had a "significant" strain in his right lat. The second opinion confirmed the need for season-ending surgery. 

Reyes, the Cardinals No. 1 prospect hadn't pitched since September 2016, due to Tommy John surgery during spring training in 2017. 

"I'm confident that I'll pitch again, I just know that I've got to work hard," Reyes says. 

The 23-year-old says seeing his family and thinking about the health battles of his 2-year-old daughter, Aleyka, put things into perspective.

"My daughter a few years ago she was in the hospital and she battled with cancer, she battled with a tumor. So I felt like if my daughter fought for her life, then s---, I can fight for my career and that's pretty much what's been in my head. Remembering that I've still got time and there's work to do, but I'm ready for it and whatever my career puts in front of me, I'm going to attack it and try to give my 100 percent no matter what. And hopefully I'll be back in this clubhouse soon next year."