JUPITER — Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and may be facing season-ending Tommy John surgery, ESPN reported.
Reyes was scheduled for a second opinion after an exam revealed the tear. He first felt elbow soreness late last week and alerted the team's trainers.
Reyes suffered a strain in his pitching elbow in 2013, but this injury is considered a new one and not a recurrence.
Reyes, 22, was considered a top NL rookie of the year candidate after a dazzling debut for St. Louis late last season. With a fastball that averaged more than 97 mph and touched 100, Reyes posted a 1.57 ERA in 12 appearances, five of them starts, while striking out 52 in 46 innings.
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YANKEES: Joe Girardi, who is starting his 10th season as New York's manager, said he wants to lead the team beyond 2017. Girardi is entering the final season of a four-year contract.