JUPITER, Fla. -- Anthony Reyes turned in his finest performance of the spring on Tuesday, but evidently it will not be enough to get him into the Cardinals' starting rotation.
Reyes pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 3-0 win over the Nationals. He struck out six and walked only one batter in his last Grapefruit League start. However, all indications are that Reyes will start the season somewhere other than the St. Louis starting five -- whether that be at Triple-A Memphis, in the Major League bullpen or on another club remains to be determined.
"It kind of is out of my hands," Reyes said. "The only thing I can do is go out there and perform and make it a tough decision. [The possibility of a trade] hasn't crossed my mind. I'm here. I love St. Louis. This is where I want to be. But that stuff is out of my hands. It's not really something I'm thinking about. I'm just doing the best where I can and making it real tough on them."
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and manager Tony La Russa both noted that while Reyes' results were outstanding, he was aided by a stiff wind blowing in from the outfield. La Russa gave Reyes credit for "a lot of good pitches," but Duncan was reluctant to gush too much about Reyes, given the conditions.
"For me, it was a real difficult game to evaluate the performances of the pitchers," Duncan said. "Odalis Perez was doing pretty good for five innings, if I remember right, and he's not exactly a top of the rotation guy. I actually thought Anthony threw better in the last game he pitched, in comparison to this one."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.