Alex Reyes fractures pinky after punching wall

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Cardinals starter Alex Reyes has had a forgettable 2019 season. He started the season on the big league roster, but allowed runs in three of four appearances before being demoted to Triple-A Memphis. The right-hander saw success there, pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings across four appearances prior to his start on Thursday against Omaha. In that start, Reyes yielded three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Frustrated by his performance versus Omaha, Reyes punched a wall, which resulted in a fractured left pinky, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Reyes will report to extended spring training and will continue throwing, but he won’t be a part of active competition for about three weeks. If there’s any good news, it’s that Reyes punched the wall with his non-pitching hand. Crash Davis would be proud.

Reyes, 24, has logged just 53 innings in the majors since 2016. He was among baseball America’s top-20 prospects going into each of the last four seasons.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.