Cardinals purchase Reyes from Memphis, disable Wacha

Alex Reyes pitches in the MLB Futures Game.

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ST. LOUIS — The future arrived in St. Louis on Tuesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have purchased the contract of rookie right-hander Alex Reyes from Triple-A Memphis. Reyes is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.

The team also placed right-hander Michael Wacha (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Reyes on the team’s 40-man major league roster, the team transferred catcher Brayan Pena (left knee inflammation) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

General manager John Mozeliak said Reyes will pitch out of the bullpen and Luke Weaver, 22, another top prospect in the organization, will be called up to start Saturday in place of Wacha. It will be Weaver’s big-league debut.

Reyes, 21, will be making his major league debut after having compiled 69 professional starts since signing as a non-drafted free-agent by the Cardinals on February 3, 2012.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound pitcher, who was signed out of Elizabeth (N.J.) High School, is of Dominican descent and last month started for the World Team at the MLB Futures Game in San Diego during All-Star Week. Reyes struck out four batters in his 1 2/3 innings of work in the Futures Game.

Since beginning his 2016 campaign on May 22, Reyes has posted a 2-3 mark with a 4.96 ERA in 14 starts (65 1/3 innings) for Memphis, striking out 93.  

Reyes, who shared Cardinals Minor League co-Pitcher of the Year honors in 2015, was also named to the Rising Stars team after participating in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League last year.

Reyes is 20-21 with a 3.50 ERA in 69 career minor league starts, fanning 449 batters in 334 1/3 innings pitched.

Wacha, who made his 23rd start last night, is 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA this season in 131 1/3 innings pitched.