The Cardinals told Reyes in spring training that he was not going to succeed at the major league level unless he added a two-seam fastball to his pitching arsenal. He went into spring training as a top candidate to win the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals rotation, but struggled with the new pitch and was sent to Triple-A Memphis to begin the season.
Reyes returned to game action on May 2, pitching six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out eight and walking two. For the season, he is 1-0 with a 3.73 ERA, striking out 28 and walking only four in 31-1/3 innings pitched.
• Outfielder Nick Stavinoha injured his left ankle on Monday, attempting to make a sliding catch. According to the Springfield News-Leader, the club fears that the injury is serious.
The 24-year-old, who was drafted last June, is hitting .311/.333/.459 with two home runs and 11 RBI for Double-A Springfield this season.
• Springfield Cardinals outfielder Reid Gorecki leads the Texas League with nine home runs and is hitting .304/.355/.667 in 25 games. He is off to a much different start than last year when he was supposed to be the face of the Cardinals new Double-A franchise, and hit just .182 in 46 games before being sent down to high Class A Palm Beach.
• Palm Beach Cardinals outfielder Terry Evans is tearing up the Florida State League this season. He is hitting .327/.389/.594 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in what is generally considered to be a pitchers league.
A 47th round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2001, Evans hit just .221 for Palm Beach last season and is a career .239 hitter in four seasons.
• Righthander Jaime Garcia is dominating for low Class A Quad Cities. In five starts he has posted a 2.10 ERA, allowing 22 hits, striking out 33 and walking seven in 30 innings.
Garcia, 19, was drafted last year in the 22nd round but did not pitch due to work visa issues. The Cardinals are very high on him.