Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes is one of baseball’s brightest young stars. The 22 year-old made his debut in the second half last year, pitching in 12 games, starting five, and posting an ERA of 1.57 while striking out 52 batters in 46 innings. Earlier in the year he was at or near the top of most prospects lists and pitched in the Futures Game.
Now there are reports that his future could be put on hold for a year. Today was supposed to be his first day throwing at Cardinals camp. The club announced, however, that Reyes was sent for an MRI on his elbow. They do not have the results yet, but at least one report is sounding a dire note:
First dang day of spring training. Sorry, Cardinals fans.
We’ll update this once we hear more.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.