The St. Louis Cardinals need healthy pitchers. Alex Reyes and Tyler Lyons believe they are ready to once again throw quality innings at the Major League level.
Reyes, regarded as the Cards’ top prospect since 2016, dominated batters in Saturday’s rehab start in Springfield, tying the club record with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old has struck out 31 batters through 16 innings over three minor league starts in 2018. He will make one final stop at Memphis before he is eligible to return to St. Louis May 28.
This month alone, the Cardinals have placed six different pitchers on the disabled list.
“Those were guys who all talked to me last year,” Reyes said. “Seeing how hard they work throughout an offseason, it just sucks going through that and seeing them go on the DL.”
Reyes is finishing more than a year-long recovery from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Lyons needed only eight pitches to earn the save Saturday, so he continued to throw in the bullpen after the game. The 30-year-old lefty has been sidelined since May 11 with a back strain, but said he feels ready to reassert his role in the St. Louis bullpen.
“The DL is never fun, but to see as many guys as we have go down, you feel like you want to come back and contribute,” Lyons said. “Regardless of how many people get hurt, that’s what you want to do. This just makes it a little more pressing.”