Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes has partial tear in elbow

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A day after learning Alex Reyes has a partial tear in his pitching elbow, the Cardinals say their top pitching prospect will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported within the Cardinals organization there is "significant concern" Reyes will need to have Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals have not commented. An MRI by team doctor George Paletta confirmed the injury.

St. Louis forwarded the exam results to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. His fastball averaged more than 97 miles per hour and touches 100.

Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha are expected to start for the Cardinals but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is up for grabs. He posted an impressive 1.57 ERA and a 4-1 record in five starts, and he struck out 52 batters in 46 innings of work.

"We weren't necessarily throwing up a smoke screen with Trevor", Matheny said.

Even before Reyes went down, the Cardinals were still facing a bit of an uphill battle to catch the Cubs in the Central. "Let's put it together and see what it looks like and see what's best for our club".

Reyes has been scheduled to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic set to begin on March 6, but it's unclear now if he will still be able to participate in the event. You never know when stuff like this happens and maybe it is an opportunity. Reyes entered 2017 as the Cardinals' top prospect, and the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, per Baseball Prospectus.

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