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Cardinals Alex Reyes Spring start debut. Coming soon after two seasons removed


St. Louis Cardinals top prospect RHP Alex Reyes is set to make his Spring debut in a starting role this coming week. (Photo by: Jeff Roberson, AP)

The excitement of the St. Louis Cardinals 2016 was seeing a tremendous prospect, RHP Alex Reyes ' power from the hill. He made his debut, August 9 of that season in a relief role. He has his first win his second appearance August 13. He was considered the arm of long relief.


In September 2016, he earned two wins in his three starts. His debut start was September 18 against the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 games appearances in his rookie season, 46 IP/1.57 ERA.


INJURY HITS


Unfortunately, the Cardinals organization announced he would be out for the full season of 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. Then, in 2018, he only saw four scoreless innings in his debut start May 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Even with an impressive appearance, he had to be retired from the game. Followed by the news - a season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right lat muscle.


NOW HE'S BACK


Alex Reyes is part of a good number of pitchers competing for a spot on the Opening Day 25 man roster. As reports have flowed this past off-season into Spring training, the Cardinals are on "Reyes Watch", as they have closely monitored his throwing program. All seems to be good-to-go with Reyes himself being forthright with the Cardinals trainers and medical staff. It is presumed he will be among our 25, but in what role? Starter or relief?


Per an article just posted by Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com, Reyes has been given the nod to start this Spring - Tuesday, March 5, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Or, Wednesday, March 5 facing the New York Yankees.


This will only be his second official start since 2016.


Per Cardinals manager Mike Shildt: “All to his credit in how he prepared and trained and his desire to get back and give himself every opportunity to be on our team,” Shildt said. “My confidence level was really high because I knew he prepared and I knew where he was physically and mentally, that he was going to be able to check the boxes. So it doesn’t surprise me that he checked the boxes.”


This should be very exciting news, not only for the team, but Cardinals fans. The downside, coverage won't be on FSMW. However, you can track on cardinals.com/AtBat and listen in on radio coverage.


REYES FUTURE STILL YET TO BE DETERMINED


"Regardless the role, he will spend the rest of Spring Training building up to carry a starter’s workload. As for where he’ll be and how he’ll be used when the regular season starts, the Cardinals intend to take their time before making a final decision."


TWO PITCHERS LEFT


Predictions regarding pitchers Carlos Martinez and Luke Gregerson are on hold currently. After Alex Reyes' outing, they would be the last two of 33 pitchers to make a Spring appearance. At the earliest, C Martinez won't even begin a throwing program until March 13 or soon after. With being on a no-throw program now until the 12th, an update will be provided at that time after being re-evaluated. He recently received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection to his right shoulder area. Gregerson is coming along in his rehab program. Shildt does look for him to see some action a bit later this Spring. However, does not feel he will be ready for Opening Day 25 man roster.


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