Reyes Returns to Camp; Cleared to Play

Aug 9, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Alex Reyes (61) pitches to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the ninth inning of his Major League debut at Busch Stadium. The Reds won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-261622 ORIG FILE ID: 20160809_mta_ac1_212.JPG

By Patrick Kelly

In what has been a week of uncertainties for the Cardinals both on and off the field, there was some positive news out of camp this weekend with Alex Reyes returning to camp for the first time since it started. On a Zoom call with the media, Reyes confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Reyes said that he was asymptomatic and stayed in his St. Louis home until he was cleared to return.

Despite making it to camp Sunday, he was limited to shagging balls in the outfield as he hasn’t been on a mound for two weeks. Manager Mike Shildt also made clear that he won’t be ready for opening day, which was expected with it only being five days away. Reyes will be added to a Cardinals pitching staff that has already been performing better than expected in camp, whether or not that’s not just the lack of offense will be seen. Along with Jordan Hicks opting out due to him having type 1 diabetes, this should be a big boost for the Cardinals who will need their pitching to be top notch for them to stay atop the division.