One of the biggest questions has been answered, although it raises several more. Upon his return from the disabled list, Alex Reyes will be in the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation.
“We expect him to be in the rotation, which leads to a whole bunch of other questions which we’ll have to answer in the next week or two as we get closer to him and Carlos (Martinez) coming back,” shared General Manager Michael Girsch.
Taking the mound this Thursday for Memphis (AAA), Reyes will make what should be the final start of his rehab assignment. Then the Cardinals will need to adjust their rotation.
“We have to look at the big picture for everybody and see where everyone slots together,” said Girsch. “We don’t have like a giant if-then statement going. When he’s ready, we’ll figure out what we’re going to do. When Carlos is ready, we’ll figure out what we’re going to do. But we’re not going to decide today when neither one of them is going to be ready for 10 days to two weeks.”
In his last rehab start, Reyes struck out 13 hitters in 7.2 innings for Springfield (AA) and threw 90 pitches.
The 23-year old Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 28th, which will likely beat the return of Martinez–who began throwing today as part of his program. John Gant is scheduled to pitch Friday, which would align with his next turn coming up on May 30th at Milwaukee. Martinez has already surpassed his 10 days, so he can return whenever ready.
“If this is (Reyes) last rehab start, you can guess when he’s coming back give or take a day,” said Girsch. “Whether Carlos is ready for that, we don’t know yet because he’s only thrown one time.”
A rehab assignment for Martinez is “definitely a possibility”.
ANOTHER TEST FOR WAINWRIGHT
–The Cardinals and Adam Wainwright are still seeking answers as to what is causing his elbow condition. The right-hander saw another set of doctors today for more evaluations.
“They were able to look inside his elbow a little bit,” said Girsch. “They were using a small camera on the end of something to give them a better look of what was going on in there.”
“He had his first post-op today with the hand specialist,” said Girsch. “My understanding is he’s going to start doing very basic hand rehab type stuff.”
Provided he checks out okay after his rehab appearance today with Springfield, Tyler Lyons is expected to join the team in the “next few days” and Carson Kelly has a “good chance” of being able to return to action when his time is up this Saturday.
The same cannot be said for reliever Dominic Leone.
“Leone is going to be a while,” said Girsch. “His next checkup is not for a couple of weeks, where we’ll hopefully have a better sense of where he is.”
Luke Gregerson will see doctors before the team leaves town for their upcoming road trip to see if he start throwing again or will need a few more days.
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