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Alex Reyes returns from surgery in 2019.

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2017 and 2018 were lost seasons for the Cardinals exciting pitching prospect, Alex Reyes. Now, at 24 years old and two surgeries past him, the hard-throwing right is preparing to show baseball what he can do. The Cardinals are excited he is back, though what role he will play for the team in 2019 is still up in the air. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch wrote about this recently. Per Langosch:

How the Cards will utilize Reyes next season remains fluid but also flexible.

There will be limitations on Reyes’ usage given his lack of baseball activity over the past two years. He’ll come into camp prepped to be a starter, but under a modified program. The Cardinals will see how Reyes responds to the buildup process before considering him for one of three likely spots.

Essentially the plan for Reyes is one-step-at-a-time; it will depend entirely on how his body responds to each new test. The last thing the Cardinals would want is to lose another year from their former top prospect, especially when pitching depth - particularly in the bullpen - is such a need.

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