When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes suffered an injury that would result in yet another lengthy recovery, he decided to put things in perspective. Reyes thought of his young daughter, who is battling cancer, and decided is she could fight, he could fight too.
Reyes revealed his daughter’s battle with cancer to reporters Tuesday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reyes had asked for privacy up until that point, but decided to speak publicly about his daughter’s fight after being inspired by her.
“She battled with cancer and she battled with a tumor,” Reyes said at his locker in the Cardinals’ clubhouse. “I felt like, if my daughter fought for her life … I can fight for my career. That’s pretty much been what’s been in my head.”
The 23-year-old Reyes will not pitch the rest of the year after tearing a lat during his first start of the season. That appearance marked Reyes’ first time back in the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017.
While recovering from his torn lat, Reyes will be able to spend more time at home with his daughter.
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