While the last week has been tough for the St. Louis Cardinals and the disabled list, the light is getting brighter for Alex Reyes, who with a start tomorrow afternoon with the Springfield Cardinals (AA) marks what will likely be the second to last stop on his rehab assignment.
“His last start in Peoria was electric,” said John Mozeliak. “This is about just continuing to take positive steps forward and ultimately, tomorrow is just another test but hopefully he can make the most of it.”
In five innings, Reyes struck out 12 batters in that start. He has fanned 18 hitters in 8.1 innings combined over his two rehab starts.
“I feel like my last outing was definitely a positive one and one I can look back on and say my arm is feeling good,” agreed Reyes. “I’ve been recovering good. It’s kind of just waiting on the time to come and whenever it is, I’ll be ready.”
Eligible to be activated from the disabled list on May 28th, Reyes underwent Tommy John surgery last March.
“I think I’ll probably bump up 10 or 15 pitches from what I did last time,” said Reyes, who threw 80 pitches (51 strikes) for Peoria.
With Adam Wainwright on the disabled list until the middle of July and the timetable for Carlos Martinez to return uncertain, Reyes will be in the mix for one of those spots with Jack Flaherty and John Gant.
“My mentality is go out there and pitch wherever I am,” said Reyes. “If I don’t pitch well, I know that I could stay down there, so my goal is to pitch well every outing that I’m given. Just go out there and throw the ball.”
“That’s something that the front office usually keeps to themselves until they want to let everyone know.”
So in the meantime, Reyes is just eager to take the ball again and check off three simple goals.
“Go out there and compete, build the pitch count up, and get deeper into games.”
Besides Alex Reyes getting the start, Springfield is also likely to see Tyler Lyons in action. The lefty is set to have a rehab outing in tomorrow’s game as well, but Mozeliak said the assignment will not be made official until after tonight’s Cardinals game.
WAINO AND CARLOS
–At the time of his pregame media session, Mozeliak had not gotten the study back from Adam Wainwright’s dynamic ultrasound, but he did have some positive news regarding Martinez.
“The MRI came back encouraging,” said Mozeliak, noting the right-hander is now pain free. “Right now, I think he will begin some pre-prep work and likely begin a throwing program come Monday. Depending on sort of how those things unfold, he is anywhere from probably a week to maybe two weeks away.”
Reliever Dominic Leone was also evaluated today, undergoing a nerve conduction test.
“It clearly points that he has nerve damage, so that’s just going to take time,” said Mozeliak. “There’s nothing surgically to be done there or intervention. I think that’s just going to be patience and try to work through that. As far as what that runway looks like or how long, I don’t know.”
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