Cape Hatteras, N.C. - Oft-injured pitcher Vito Reyes has been, well, injured again.
Doctors say he’ll be out of action for at least 13 months and will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the elbow.
Reyes had just come off a two-week stint on the Injured List for a strained back, and also had been sidelined with back spasms during spring training. He had been sent to Carolina, the AAA affiliate for the Black Sox, to rehabilitate and get in shape after missing time with the back injury.
Last season, Reyes missed about 9 weeks with a variety of elbow issues; in 2038, he missed 7 weeks with a rotator cuff strain; in 2037, he missed nearly 14 weeks of the season with a variety of elbow, arm, and leg injuries; in 2036, he missed 14 weeks with elbow inflammation and a sore shoulder; and in 2035, he missed nearly 5 weeks with elbow and shoulder issues.
The Black Sox front office declined comment on the latest injury to Reyes, but sources close to the team said it’s likely he’ll be cut at the earliest opportunity.
“Maybe it’s time someone else had the privilege of paying his Blue Cross premiums,” one source said.