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Cardinals lose All-Star reliever to season-ending injury

St. Louis Cardinals, Alex Reyes

The St. Louis Cardinals were hit hard by the injury bug on Monday. After it was announced both Steven Matz and Dylan Carlson would be placed on the Injured List, the Cards were dealt a far more brutal update regarding a key bullpen member.

According to Katie Woo, Alex Reyes will be forced to undergo surgery on his shoulder after experiencing pain in his throwing arm:

While no official timetable has been released, the expectation is that Reyes will undergo the procedure by the end of May and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

This is another big blow for the Cardinals, and particularly for a player like Reyes who has struggled with injuries throughout his MLB career. Once touted as a high-upside starter, injuries resulted in Reyes getting moved to the bullpen. He excelled as a reliever in 2021, earning his first-ever All-Star appearance, but will now be forced to miss the remainder of the 2022 campaign due to his injury.

Reyes had not made an appearance for the Cardinals this season as he was dealing with the shoulder injury. The team was hoping to avoid surgery for the 27-year-old, but after visiting with doctors, a procedure was the recommendation given to the team.

In 2021, Reyes made 69 appearances in relief, recording a 3.24 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings, logging 29 saves for the Cardinals. The team was hoping he could play a key role in the bullpen once again in 2022, but his injury proved too serious for him to pitch this season, and he’s now set to miss the entire campaign.