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Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has MRI on elbow, season in jeopardy

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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.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.