It was about this time last February that threw an offspeed pitch and cringed. The sensation he felt throughout his elbow and authentic jerseys cheap were, as he later described it, “a pain that I hadn’t felt before.”


That symptom led to a diagnosis, which left Reyes watching from the sidelines last season while he worked through his authentic MLB jerseys cheap recovery from Tommy John surgery. It’s a process that, now, is nearly complete.

Though the St. Louis Cardinals won’t hold their first Spring Training workout for another two weeks, Reyes is among those who have already relocated to Jupiter, Fla., where he is throwing off the mound and getting an early test against hitters in live batting-practice sessions.

Wanting to protect their top prospect as much as possible, the have set a soft target of May 1 as a likely return date for Reyes. What hasn’t been so explicitly defined, though, is what role he’ll fill upon that return authentic MLB jerseys cheap.

Long term, the Cardinals have every intention of using Reyes to anchor their rotation. MLB Pipeline recently ranked Reyes as the seventh-best right-handed pitching prospect, and he likely would have been higher on that list had he not just missed a full season.

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But given the recovery process Reyes has undergone over these last 12 months, the Cardinals intend to be cautious in 2018. Their preference, as stated multiple times this offseason by president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, would be to have Reyes first come out of the authentic MLB jerseys cheap bullpen.

Smith was a fourth-round Draft pick of the Padres in 1977 out of California Polytechnic State University. He only needed one season in the Minors before his promotion to the big leagues, debuting on April 7, 1978, against the Giants in San Francisco, and he immediately impressed with the defensive prowess that earned him the nickname “The Wizard.”

Smith held a monopoly on the NL Gold Glove Award at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1980. After his first All-Star campaign in ’81, Smith was dealt from San Diego to St. Louis, where he spent the rest of his career building a legacy. It was with the Cardinals that Smith developed an improved bat to pair with his legendary glove.

With Smith as their starting shortstop, the Cardinals won their first NL East title and advanced to the World Series in 1982. Smith hit .303 in the postseason, and St. Louis defeated Milwaukee in seven games for the franchise’s ninth championship.

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Smith’s run of Gold Gloves continued in St. Louis, as did his All-Star appearances; he was voted the NL’s starting shortstop for the first time in the 1983 MLB jerseys cheap Midsummer Classic. The Cardinals returned to the World Series in ’85, and while they lost to the Royals, Smith delivered one of baseball’s most memorable postseason moments in the NL Championship Series.

Gant was starting in Triple-A Memphis when the league notified Redbirds pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd (now the Cardinals’ bullpen coach) that it deemed Gant’s extra step illegal authentic MLB jerseys cheap, citing rule 5.07(a)(1).

Rule 5.07(a)(1) states: “The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free. From this position, any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without interruption or alteration. He shall not raise either foot from the ground, except that in his actual delivery of the ball to the batter, he may take one step backward, and one step forward with his free foot.”

That Gant was essentially using a separate leg lift to kick-start his delivery, made the entire motion unlawful. If Gant continued to pitch with it, he risked authentic MLB jerseys cheap ejection.

“I’m actually kind of happy it’s gone,” Gant said. “It looked ridiculous.”

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