Louis Cardinals Have Options With Reyes Sidelined For 2017

An MRI revealed that Reyes (elbow) has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, Jim Bowden of ESPN reports.

Reyes, 22, missed his first scheduled bullpen session of spring training due to discomfort in his pitching elbow, and Cards general manager John Mozeliak sent Reyes to get an MRI.

A lot of us who root for teams that have encountered the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs over the last decade have often referred to their "voo-doo magic" - a seeming ability to win a ton of games with a roster that doesn't exactly blow anyone's doors off. He made his major league debut last August and earned a 4-1 record with a 1.57 ERA.

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Wacha, a 25-year-old right-hander, was 7-7 with a career-high 5.09 ERA last year in 24 starts and three relief appearances as he dealt with a stress reaction in his right scapula.

He was also expected to pitch for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic. The procedure may be done as early as Thursday, by team physician Dr. George Paletta, Mozeliak says.

He was expected to compete with Wacha to be the team's fifth starter.

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"I'm concerned about Reyes". He averaged 96.5 miles per hour on his fastball during a brief cup of coffee in the Major Leagues, and can touch 100 when he heats it up.

FILE - In this September 24, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starter Alex Reyes throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago. He struck-out 52 batters after fanning 93 across 14 minor league starts. But because of the presence of Alex Reyes, the top pitching prospect in baseball according to both the aforementioned MLB.com and Baseball America lists, Luke Weaver has been, if not quite lost in the shuffle, placed in a somewhat secondary role in the hopes and dreams of Cardinals fans.

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