Cardinals' Alex Reyes reveals 1-year-old daughter is battling cancerJune 12, 2018 10:50pm

Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Reyes told reporters Tuesday his one-year-old daughter is battling cancer.

Reyes, who recently found out he will miss the rest of the season with a torn tendon in his right shoulder, said his daughter Aleyka was diagnosed with the disease when she was five months old.

“I’m fighting for my career and I love to play baseball, but life is way more important,” Reyes said, via the StL Sports Page. “That was definitely a lot tougher situation in my life. To know how strong she is now, and how strong she was through that process, those are things that drive me.

“I go home and carry her and she really motivates me to come back here and work hard and get stuff done.”

Aleyka turns two in July.

Aleyka had tumors around her heart when she was first diagnosed, but she has been improving, Reyes told reporters Tuesday.

“She’s doing a lot better, the tumors are a lot smaller and hopefully she won’t need any more chemo treatments,” Reyes said. “She has another appointment in about two months.”

The 23-year-old right-hander is just coming off of Tommy John surgery which forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. With the injury he sustained this month he will have pitched in just one MLB game in the span of about two years.

He said his daughter's diagnosis has helped him put his medical situations in perspective.

“It was tough,” he said. “Those are things I’ve learned to deal with. I’ve been handed a tough deck of cards. It’s been all right though. I’m sure I’ll survive.”

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