ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a strained right lat.
Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said the surgery took place after Reyes visited a specialist. Girsch said there was partial fraying between the lat tendon and the bone and the surgery reattached the tendon to the bone. Recovery time is expected to be six months.
Girsch said they expect Reyes to make a full recovery and to be ready for spring training.
Reyes, widely regarded as the Cardinals’ top prospect, pitched four innings in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on May 30. It was his first start since missing the previous 22 months recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Reyes’ velocity dropped in the fourth inning of that start, prompting the training staff to make a mound visit. He finished the inning with pitches back in the mid to upper 90s.
After the game, Reyes told the Cardinals of extreme soreness around his lat. He was placed on the disabled list the next day