Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals super prospect and the number-six prospect in all of baseball, is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, per multiple reports. Reyes will go under the knife in the coming days after an MRI confirmed a tear of the Reyes’ ulnar collateral ligament.
It was initially reported on Tuesday that Reyes had been dealing with elbow discomfort and was headed for an MRI. Any report of elbow discomfort with a flamethrower like Reyes always sparks the worst fears in team officials and fans alike, and unfortunately the worst was eventually confirmed after Reyes sought a second opinion on the injury.
The loss of their top pitching prospect deals the Cardinals a significant blow, as Reyes posted an impressive 1.57 ERA between both starting and relief appearances, including a couple of impressive starts down the stretch as the Cardinals chased a playoff spot that they eventually missed by one game.
The loss of Reyes significantly alters how the Cardinals pitching staff will now shake out. We can now expect Michael Wacha to take the last rotation spot without much trouble, with Luke Weaver subsequently serving as the next man up and Trevor Rosenthal likely being the long man out of the bullpen until Tyler Lyons returns from injury.
Reyes, who seemed likely to be a strong 2017 Rookie of the Year candidate, was set to battle Wacha for the fifth spot in the Cardinals rotation this spring but will now sit out the whole year and is expected to be ready for the start of 2018.