Alex Reyes ‘not worried’ about velocity dip in return from Tommy John surgery

Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Reyes returned from Tommy John surgery Wednesday, making his first start since 2016.

Reyes lasted just four scoreless innings, striking out two batters before leaving with an apparent injury. After the game, Reyes said he felt fine and was unconcerned with the velocity dip he suffered midway through the outing.

I felt fine, a little fatigued but anything beside that, I wasn’t really worried about, Reyes told reporters. I’m not really worried about it now.

Reyes, 23, was removed from his season debut after throwing 73 pitches. He is lined up to face the Marlins at home next Tuesday as long as his health checks out in the next week.

San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a throwing error by catcher Nick Hundley.

Giants: The team is undecided what the next step will be for Jeff Samardzija after the right-hander gave up four runs in four innings with Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. Manager Bruce Bochy said it’s possible Samardzija will make at least one more rehab start before rejoining the big league club.

RHP Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.46 ERA) pitches for San Diego on Saturday in the third game of the series. It will be Lyles’ ninth start, his most since 2015. LHP Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.70) goes for San Francisco.

The way we’re playing right now is how we expected to play all year, Gennett said. It’s a lot of fun.

Fulmer threw Gennett a slider that was headed for the dirt on a 1-2 count, only to see it sail out to right field aided by the wind.

I thought it was a great pitch, Fulmer said. I’m mad at the results, but I’m not mad at the way I pitched.

Suarez hit Fulmer’s next pitch to left field, with the ball landing on the top of the wall and bouncing back into play. The Reds sounded their home run siren and shot off fireworks, but the umpires ruled the ball was in play and stopped Suarez at second base.

After a review of 1 minute, 12 seconds, the hit was ruled a homer — replays indicated the ball skipped off the top of the wall and deflected off a railing behind it.

Adam Duvall added a solo shot in the eighth as the Reds out-homered the Tigers 3-2.

That’s the way it is here, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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