ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Cardinal phenom Alex Reyes will miss yet another year, as the club announced he underwent season-ending surgery for his injured latissimus dorsi, according to KMOX.
Reyes missed the entirety of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and returned this season for just four innings on May 30.
During that start, which lasted just 73 pitches, his fastball velocity declined steadily. After the game, the team said they pulled him for precautionary reasons. Reyes said he felt fine, other than feeling some fatigue.
A day later he was on the disabled list, with a significant strain to his lat muscle. Shortly after that, general manager Mike Girsch said the young righty had felt soreness and fatigue in his final rehab start but felt he could pitch through it in his return to the major league club.
After getting a second opinion on the injury, the 23-year-old underwent surgery and will miss at least six months, effectively ending his 2018 comeback before it ever really started.
Reyes electrified fans in 2016 when he debuted, showcasing a 100 mile per hour fastball and a swooping, diving breaking ball.
Seen as the future of the Cardinals rotation, his 1.57 ERA over 46 innings and 52 dominant- looking strikeouts stoked the imagination of observers.
Two years later, he hasn’t been a part of the team- save for one day this year- since his final pitch his rookie season. The Cardinals have the third-best rotation behind Washington and Houston and many believed Reyes' inclusion would make them the best rotation in the game.
Now, Jack Flaherty will likely have a permanent spot in the starting five, rounded out by Michael Wacha, Miles Mikolas, Luke Weaver and Carlos Martinez.