He’s back: Cardinals activate Reyes for Wednesday’s start

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- At long last, Alex Reyes has rejoined the Cardinals roster.

In 46 MLB innings in 2016, Reyes was dynamite, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA, striking out 52 hitters. He looked ready to shed his prospect status and assert his presence in the St. Louis pitching rotation for good.

But then he got hurt.

News the next spring that Reyes needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow was devastating. After catching only a glimpse of the promise the young flamethrower could offer, fans would have to wait more than a full calendar year to see him again command a big league mound.

Well, the waiting is over. The time is now.

After taking the minor leagues by storm at every rehab stop along his journey back to the big leagues, Reyes has been activated to the Cardinals roster from the disabled list, and will start Wednesday afternoon against the Brewers. Based on those rehab outings, he’s more than up to the task.

In 23 innings, Reyes didn’t give up a single run across four rehab starts. He surrendered only seven hits and struck out a whopping 44 batters, displaying the same sort of dominance fans might remember from that exhilarating time in 2016. If those numbers don’t get you pumped for his return Wednesday, what will?

To accommodate Reyes’ return to the 25-man roster, reliever Mike Mayers has been optioned to Memphis. Mayers sports a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 MLB innings this season. Additionally, to clear room on the 40-man roster for Reyes, the Cardinals transferred Dominic Leone to the 60-day DL with a nerve issue.

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