This is some incredibly awesome news for St. Louis Cardinals fans.
After having to sit out all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, pitcher Alex Reyes is set to re-enter the big leagues. Even better, reports have now surfaced that the starter is going to be on the mound sooner rather than later in the season:
Source tells me the plan for Cardinals Alex Reyes is a modified spring training program. Will build up arm strength in minors in April. May '18 projected big league debut.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 12, 2017
Naturally, that's not his big league debut, which Mish clarified seconds later.
This is going to provide a huge boost for the Cardinals, who finished just outside of playoff contention this past season.
Reyes was widely regarded as the top right-handed prospect in the entire league before being shut down by the Tommy John surgery prior to spring training, and you can be sure that he is going to come back hungry to prove he was worthy of the praise.
However, before Cardinals fans get too crazy, they have to be cognizant of Reyes' limits just a year out from the major operation:
At least this is a huge step in the right direction.