photo: Alex Reyes (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect Alex Reyes underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn tendon behind his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.
15 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Reyes returned to a major league mound on May 30 only to last just four innings. The right-hander was returned to the disabled list the next day with what was described as a right lat strain.
To secure a second opinion, the 23-year old traveled went to Philadelphia and ended up having the surgery, which will be followed by six months of rehab.
“Very optimistic about a complete recovery,” General Manager Michael Girsch told the media on Wednesday. “We expect Alex to spend a few days with his family in New Jersey and then be here next week to start the rehab process and expect he will be ready for spring training.”
The decision to have the surgery in Philadelphia was highly recommended.
“Our understanding is when the tendon is torn away from the bone, the longer you wait, the more problematic the recovery,” the GM said.
In four minor league rehab assignments last month, Reyes dominated, setting sky-high expectations for his return to the majors. However, in his last start in Memphis, he apparently felt something in his lat area, but did not indicate an issue to anyone until the end of his four innings last Wednesday in Milwaukee.
“I know he’s pretty down right now,” manager Mike Matheny told media members. “He’s still young. He has a lot of baseball ahead of him, but we hurt for him.”
With Reyes out of the picture, another highly-touted rookie, Jake Flaherty, will apparently remain in St. Louis’ rotation, along with Carlos Martinez, Miles Mikolas, Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver. John Gant has filled in as well when needed, having already made three spot starts this season.
Sherriff also shelved
First disclosed by the left-hander himself via social media from his hospital bed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Cardinals reliever Ryan Sherriff underwent season ending Tommy John surgery. This was confirmed by the team that evening.
The 28-year old had not been as effective this year as last, either with St. Louis or Memphis, and at the time he was placed on the disabled list on May 18, he was on option to the Triple-A Redbirds. Sherriff also missed time earlier in the season due to a broken toe.
For his 5 2/3 innings with St. Louis this season, Sherriff’s ERA was 6.35, essential doubling his 3.14 mark in 2017. With the Redbirds, his comparative numbers are 6.75 this year and 3.19 last.
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