According to an official statement released by general manager John Mozeliak on Wednesday morning, St. Louis Cardinals’ right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery. While Reyes will still seek a second option before officially going under the knife, Mozeliak does not believe that an additional consultation will ultimately change the inevitability of the procedure.
The up-and-coming hurler will now miss the entire 2017 season after a MRI previously revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak addresses Alex Reyes' situation after his MRI yesterday. pic.twitter.com/reJR7RvIwK
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 15, 2017
The 22-year-old right-hander will surely be missed as 2017 was going to serve as his first full season atop the big league level. Reyes originally broke into the major leagues last season en route to making 12 appearances including five starts as a member of the Cardinals.
Amassing a 1.57 ERA across an even 46 innings of work, the hard throwing righty managed a 4-1 record, one save and one hold while failing to blow a single save. He also tallied 52 strikeouts against 23 walks while wavering between the Cardinals’ starting rotation and bullpen – which is no easy task, especially for a rookie.
Nonetheless, Reyes was certainly primed to make the transition to serve as a full-time starter in 2017 as those plans have unfortunately been derailed. With Reyes now officially out of the picture for the rest of the year, the Cardinals will turn to the likes of Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake, Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha to start.
Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny also offered the following statement regarding Reyes’ injury: