St. Louis Cardinals top rookie eligible prospect Alex Reyes is out for the remainder of the season, after tearing the lat in his pitching arm.
The St. Louis Cardinals dropping the first game of the series to the Miami Marlins — who are on their way of losing the second, is the least of their concerns right now, after receiving news that their top rookie eligible prospect, Alex Reyes is done for the season. I guess those rumors were indeed correct.
Yes, you heard that correctly. Alex Reyes is out for the season. Again (Insert Forrest Gump voice). After lasting less than five innings in his season debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, he felt pain in his throwing arm following the outing.
Instead of a slight strain in his lat and a short stay on the Disabled List, the news is much worse than expected. According to St. Louis Cardinals General Manager Michael Girsch and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the injury is:
"“A significant strain in the lat. There was some fraying between the lat, the tendon, and the bone. Based on that he had surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone. The good news is that when they went in the tendon still was partially frayed, it wasn’t completely torn off, which means there’s good blood flow, which means it’s very optimistic for recovery.”"
When things for the St. Louis Cardinals were looking up, the Grim Reaper of baseball strikes again. Is there any silver lining or anything at all to soften the blow?
Thank goodness. Evidently, the injury was close to being career-ending. Instead, Alex Reyes will not be able to throw a baseball for until six months.
It’s perplexing after the medical staff cleared Alex Reyes; and he was so dominant durign his rehab stints in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system — setting records in the process.
What’s also lost in the shuffle is that reliever Ryan Sherriff will miss the remaining part of 2018, with Tommy John surgery cutting his campaign short. He’s nowhere the big name or talent of Alex Reyes, but a solid arm out of the bullpen.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Matheny will have to dig deep in 2018 to make the postseason. Their X-factor is no longer a factor for the Redbirds, who are plagued with injuries once again.
Will they have enough in the arsenal to overthrow the Chicago Cubs and leapfrog the Milwaukee Brewers? Honestly, they’ll be fortunate to snag that last wild card spot, which is their only hope for 2018 October baseball.