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Cardinals' Rookie Alex Reyes Will Sit Out Another Year After Surgery

The Cardinals hope to have their top prospect back for the start of spring training in 2019.

June 06, 2018 - 4:23 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch announces that Alex Reyes had surgery, Wednesday, and will miss the remainder of the season. He says they hope to have him back for the start of spring training in 2019. 

The Cardinals No. 1 prospect suffered a "significant lat strain" in his first start, last Wednesday since he had Tommy John surgery in February 2017. The Cardinals were waiting for a second opinion, before announcing the next step for the 23-year-old pitcher.

Girsch says Reyes is with his family in New Jersey and will be back in St. Louis next week to start the rehab process. 

"Exams confirmed what we had seen with our doctors, which was the significant strain in the lat," Girsch says. "There was some fraying between the tendon and the bone and based on that they decided to go ahead and do surgery after consulting with our doctors. 

"He had surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone. The good news is that when they went in, the tendon wasn't completely torn off, which means there was good blood flow, which means it's very optimistic for a recovery. But the recovery time from a surgery like this is on the order of six months before he's back on the mound."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noticed a change in velocity from Reyes in the fourth inning of last week's game and went out to check on him. Reyes stayed in the game, and regained his velocity after that mound visit. He was done after throwing 73 pitches, 42 for strikes.

It wasn't until the next morning, Girsch says, that St. Louis discovered the significant injury. 

Reyes said after his start Wednesday in Milwaukee, fatigue was a bit of a factor for the rookie.

"Not necessarily in the second, more in the third," he said after Wednesday's game. "I felt a little fatigue. I try not to think about it much when I'm out there."

Reyes is 4-1, with six starts in his MLB career. Before the four innings he threw in his first start this year, he threw 46 innings in 2016. He had a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 23 walks. 

In last week's start, he allowed zero runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts against Milwaukee.