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Colin Rea Returned by Marlins to Padres

An untimely elbow injury results in a rare refund transaction.

New York Yankees v San Diego Padres
See all the torque in that elbow? Apparently that’s not good for ligaments.
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In his first start with the Marlins, Rea was making his second pass through the Cardinals lineup when he called the trainers out to the mound. He left with discomfort in his throwing elbow. This led to assignment to the disabled list due to a sprained elbow ligament, but no report has stated that a Tommy John surgery is certan.

Understandably, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Immediately the Marlins and their fans felt that they were sold damaged goods, and understandably so. Still, there were no signs of impending injury, as his velocities and pitch selections have remained relatively consistent as his work load increased this year. As a result, the Marlins and Padres have negotiated a compromise. And yes, this type of thing has happened before but it’s extremely uncommon.

Luis Castillo has had an excellent season starting in single-A, but many had concerns that his low K% would prevent him from being more than a fringe reliever at the MLB level. After the refund transaction, the Andrew Cashner & Tayron Guerrero haul actually appears to tilt slightly further in the Padres’ favor, netting Carter Capps, Jarred Cosart, and first round pick Josh Naylor.

Colin Rea was off to a nice start in a promising MLB career. Best wishes to him as he recovers from his first major injury.