ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes, who missed the entire 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery, will now miss the remainder of the 2018 campaign after having surgery on his right lat.
Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said the surgery took place after Reyes visited a specialist. Girsch said there was partial fraying between the lat tendon and the bone and the surgery reattached the tendon to the bone. Recovery time is expected to be six months.
Reyes, widely regarded as the Cardinals’ top prospect, pitched four innings in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on May 30. It was his first start since missing the previous 22 months recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Reyes’ velocity dropped in the fourth inning of that start, prompting the training staff to make a mound visit. He finished the inning with pitches back in the mid to upper 90s.
Girsch said they expect Reyes to make a full recovery and to be ready for spring training.
Prior to that start, Reyes last pitched for the Cardinals in September 2016. He underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in February 2017.