Padres SP Colin Rea to undergo Tommy John surgery

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It has been a tumultuous few weeks for San Diego Padres starting pitcher Colin Rea. After being traded to the Miami Marlins as part of a trade with Andrew Cashner, Rea was lifted from his first start with the Marlins after just 3.1 innings with elbow soreness.

After the game, Rea admitted to the Marlins that he had been taking medication for that elbow soreness, something that the Padres reportedly did not reveal during trade discussions. The Marlins demanded a refund, and sent Rea back to the Padres for Luis Castillo, a minor-league relief pitcher that had been included in the original deal.

After he returned to the Padres, Rea underwent an MRI and awaited the news. Today, that news arrived, and it is not good.

This will certainly knock Rea out for the remainder of this season and Padres fans likely won’t see Rea again until late in the 2017 season, and possibly not until the 2018 MLB season.

A.J. Preller talked with the media a few days ago about taking Rea back in the second trade:

Reports earlier today revealed that MLB will be investigating the Padres for not revealing potential lingering injury issues with Rea and with Drew Pomeranz when he was dealt to the Red Sox.

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