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Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes to have Tommy John surgery

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It was suspected yesterday but confirmed today: Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes will have Tommy John surgery.

Reyes had an MRI yesterday which confirmed a tear in his UCL. The Cardinals said yesterday that he’d seek a second opinion, but TJ surgery has been decided upon. He will be out for the entire 2017 season. Assuming the Cards are cautious with him, he will likely get a late start in 2018, but he will likely be able to pitch a good deal next season assuming no complications.

Reyes has been one of the top prospects in baseball. He made his debut in the second half of last season, 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 pitched in the Futures Game in San Diego.

Tough break for Reyes and the Cards.

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.