Frustration from Reyes

(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes is headed down to extended Spring Training in Florida after fracturing his left pinky following his start this past Thursday.

“He was a little frustrated and apparently punched a door or door frame,” General Manager Michael Girsch shared. “Disappointing when a guy let’s emotions get the best of him, but at least he did it left-handed instead of right-handed.”

The 24-year old Reyes allowed three runs in the game. The first came on a wild pitch in the first inning, the other two were charged to him after leaving the third inning with the bases loaded. The Cardinals are expecting Reyes to need three weeks to recover.

“He’ll be heading down to Jupiter where we can keep him stretched out, throwing, facing live hitters,” Girsch said. “He’ll probably have to use an L-screen and have someone else catch the ball back from the catcher for him and just sort of manage that for a couple weeks while we let the finger heal.”

Entering 2019 ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals organization by both Baseball America and for the fourth-straight year, Reyes appeared in three games with St. Louis before being optioned to Memphis on April 6th.

“Yeah, that’s disappointing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt echoed. “Life’s about growth, right? And making adjustments and learning from things. I know he’s had some frustration. He clearly is a guy that has a hunger to be great and has a high expectations of himself than are higher than anyone else’s and they should be. His expectations should always be his own. He cares.

“He put two years of blood, sweat, and I’m sure some tears into getting back and his vision of getting back was being in our clubhouse and pitching well. I really appreciate and respect that mentality. He was able to do it, it’s just two years was too big a window to eliminate in a really short period of time. He’s frustrated that he hasn’t been able to do it as quick as he would like and he made a decision that I’m sure he would choose to do over.”

Entering his start on Thursday, Reyes had allowed not allowed a run and just one hit in 7.2 innings (three appearances) pitched at Memphis.

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