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Padres RHP Colin Rea will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Another Padres pitcher is lost to elbow reconstruction surgery this season.

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In news that probably isn’t surprising to anyone, another Padres player is undergoing Tommy John surgery. This time it’s Colin Rea, the Padre who was almost a Padre no more.

Earlier today Buster Olney of ESPN reported that MLB was in the process of reviewing the Padres following complaints from the Marlins and Red Sox, who are concerned the Padres might have hid information regarding the health of their players prior to trading with them.

Rea was one of the players in question. After being sent to Miami along with Andrew Cashner prior to this week’s trade deadline, Rea had to leave his first Marlins appearance early with an apparent arm injury. In the days that followed, the Marlins returned Rea to the Padres, and we hoped that everything was square.

But not only are the Padres now under review because of the situation, they have lost yet another player to injury.

An MRI revealed the torn MCL in Rea’s right elbow. He’ll obviously miss the rest of 2016, and the Padres expect that he’ll be rehabbing into the 2017 season (RotoWorld puts his return even further away, in 2018). As expected, Rea is anxious to get surgery over with and start rehabbing as fast as possible. Thankfully (?) he won’t be alone.

Chris Paddack, who came to San Diego from Miami in the Fernando Rodney trade earlier this season, was also recently diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament (in his case, his UCL) which requires Tommy John surgery. Robbie Erlin, who started the 2016 season in the Padres rotation, already underwent the surgery earlier this season for his torn left UCL. Additionally Carter Capps, who was acquired in the deal that originally sent Rea to the Marlins, is already four months into his rehab after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in March.

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