John Mozeliak

Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery

An offspeed pitch during a pre-spring training bullpen session effectively ended Alex Reyes' season before it began.

The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday the 22-year-old right-hander will have Tommy John surgery to replace a ruptured elbow ligament in his pitching arm.

"I was throwing a side at home and I felt something different," Reyes said. "It was just kind of a pain throughout my elbow that I hadn't felt before."

Reyes took a pre-spring training physical Tuesday, was sent for an MRI and received preliminary results that evening.

St. Louis forwarded the exam results to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Cardinals general manager...

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