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Reyes Has 'Significant Lat Strain' Will Miss 'More Than A Few Starts'

The Cardinals report that Reyes will be getting a second opinion from a specialist in the next few days.

May 31, 2018 - 2:10 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated at 3:30 p.m. – Alex Reyes is expected to miss "more than a few starts" after he was placed back on the disabled list, Thursday. General manager Michael Girsch says Reyes, the Cardinals No. 1 prospect suffered a "significant lat strain" and the team will get a second opinion in the next few days. 

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"It's frustrating from a team perspective, I can't really imagine it from Alex's perspective," Girsch says. "The amount of time he has put in, the amount of effort he put in to reform his body to really get to peak physical condition, to then do so well in his rehab, and to get a few innings into his first apperance and come down with this is I'm sure tough to take."

Grisch says the team knew Reyes would be returning to the DL after Wednesday's game, but discovered the injury to be more significant come Thursday morning.  

Fellow Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, who is making a rehab start with double-A Springfield Thursday night, also strained his right lat at the beginning of the month, but Grisch says the injury to Reyes is more significant. Girsch says he couldn't speak to how the injury compares to what New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard went through in 2017 – he missed four months after surgery on his strained right lat.  

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noticed a change in velocity from Reyes in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game and went out to check on him. 

"Got out there and he kind of gave us a look like we were crazy, which is encouraging," Matheny says, recalling the mound visit. "He said that everything was good."

Reyes stayed in the game, and regained his velocity after that mound visit. He was done after throwing 73 pitches, 42 for strikes.

In the month of May, the Cardinals have placed 11 total players on the DL – including Yadier Molina who Grisch says was on schedule to make a rehab start in Springfield this Saturday, barring any kind of setback. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after pelvic surgery on May 5.

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced numerous roster moves this afternoon prior to their series opener against Pittsburgh, recalling three players from Memphis (AAA), while rookie pitcher Alex Reyes, who made his 2018 debut with 4.0 scoreless innings in a start yesterday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

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."

"Obviously, we're going to be extra cautious with him," Matheny said.

Recalled today from Memphis were left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers and first baseman Luke Voit.  Outfielder Tyler O’Neill was optioned to Memphis following yesterday’s game and right-handed pitcher John Gant was optioned to the triple-A Redbirds today.

Gomber, who was named last week as the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, was recalled to the majors last month, but did not appear in a game for St. Louis.   The rookie left-hander is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine starts for Memphis. 

Mayers, who’s appeared in 10 games (1-0, 2.63 ERA) for St. Louis this season, was optioned yesterday to make room for Reyes, but has immediately been returned to the roster as an injury replacement.    The right-handed hitting Voit had a short stint on the St. Louis roster in early May, but never saw action.  He’s batting .237 with one homer and 12 RBI in 34 games for Memphis this season.

Gomber wears uniform number 68, Mayers no. 59 and Voit no. 40.