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Cardinals’ Alex Reyes faces surgery, done for year

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes faces surgery, done for year

An off-speed pitch during a pre-spring training bullpen session effectively ended Alex Reyes’ season before it began. The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday the 22-year-old right-hander will have Tommy John surgery to replace a ruptured elbow ligament in his pitching arm.

Reyes took a pre-spring training physical Tuesday, the first day of camp in Jupiter, Fla., was sent for an MRI exam and received preliminary results that evening. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said Reyes could have surgery as early as Thursday. 

Cardinals head orthopedic physician George Paletta will operate. 

Reyes made his major league debut last Aug. 9 and was 4-1...