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Cardinals confirm Alex Reyes will have Tommy John surgery

The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed Alex Reyes will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning the pitcher will miss the entire 2017 MLB season and likely at least part of 2018 as well.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed the media Wednesday morning to break the news.

An MRI performed Tuesday confirmed a partial tear in Reyes’ ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Mozeliak’s comments on Tuesday seemed ominous enough that Wednesday’s confirmation was not all that surprising.

“I’m concerned about Reyes,” Mozeliak said Tuesday, via ESPN. “Any time you send someone to get an MRI, it’s concerning.”

Reyes first reported soreness to Cardinals trainers last week. A scan was recommended after the Cardinals put Reyes through a physical exam at the team’s spring training complex.

Reyes made his major league debut Aug. 9, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA while pitching in 12 games and starting five. With a fastball topping out at almost 100 mph, Reyes, a right-hander, struck out 52 batters in 46 innings.

Reyes, 22, is ranked by ESPN’s Keith Law as the No. 2 pitching prospect in baseball.

[Hardball Talk]