Top Prospect Placed On The DL

The Cardinals's Top Prospect, right handed pitcher, Anthony Reyes was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right AC joint. Insider sources report...

Anthony Reyes, the St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, playing at AAA Memphis was put on the disabled list Wednesday.

Reyes reportedly suffered a sprained right AC (acromioclavicular) joint in his shoulder. He is expected to be out for at least 10 days. If the injury is not better in a week to 10 days, the Cardinals' top-rated prospect will be sent to St. Louis to be examined by team doctors for further evaluation.

Reyes' last start was Tuesday night, when he went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 runs, and walked 1 and struck out 7.

For the season, in 12 starts Reyes is 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA. His 2.93 ERA is the 7th best ERA in the Pacific Coast League, long considered a hitters league.

Reyes was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, going 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 39 1/3 innings. Reyes struck out 32 and walked only nine batters in May.

Originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2002, but did not sign. Reyes was selected by the Cardinals in the 15th round of the 2003 draft.

Reyes, while in college at USC had a history of nagging injuries such elbow tendonitis and shoulder inflammation, which cause him to drop from a potential first round draft choice all the way down to the 15th round, making him perhaps one of the best potential pitchers ever to be drafted in that round.

It is premature to consider this injury a major set back in his development and progress or even a sign of things to come for the young right hander. Insider sources from Memphis assures us that Reyes is suffering from just a sprain as oppose to a torn or ruptured joint and should be back in 10 days.

Anthony was named the Cardinals top pitching prospect for 2005 by Baseball America and USA Today Sports Weekly.

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