The St. Louis Cardinals’ are going to have to make it through the season without key starter Alex Reyes. An MRI on Reyes’ right elbow showed he will need Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. The rookie is ranked as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, according to multiple sources. In 12 appearances last season, the rookie posted a 1.57 E.R.A in 46 innings pitched; while striking out just over 50 batters. The Cardinals’ are going to be in a tough spot this season being that they are in one of the most competitive divisions in the league, and being without their young stud will make the challenge that much more difficult.
Although most fans are hoping that the franchise looks to fill the void with the plethora of pitching that can be found on the free agency market, the team has informed the public that they intend to solve the problem internally. Even with proven pitchers like Jered Weaver and Doug Fister on the market, St. Louis intends to replace Reyes with one of their many starting pitchers.
The most intriguing internal fix to the absence of Reyes in the rotation is fellow teammate and fan favorite Michael Wacha. Although Wacha himself has been dealing with some minor aches and pains, he intends to be ready and able to serve as the teams fifth starter if need be. Other potential fillers for the role are pitchers Luke Weaver, Tyler Lyons, and even former closer Trevor Rosenthal. However, Rosenthal is likely a last resort having posted a 5.40 E.R.A through the first half of last reason.