The Padres Monday made a deadline move to acquire a starting pitcher: it just happens to be one they just traded away last Friday in Colin Rea.
Rea started for the Marlins Saturday before leaving due to an injury and being placed on the DL. Now that injury is the Padres problem to figure out, which makes you think it might be somewhat serious.
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The Padres were already busy insisting it was nothing they knew about beforehand, and certainly didn’t factor into deciding to trade the tall right handed starter who was great at the end of last season but has been somewhat inconsistent this year. He has a 4.82 ERA in 20 appearances, most of them starts, this season.
It has been a rough few days for pitchers in the Padres system. Rea got hurt while a member of the Marlins then came back to the Padres. Paul Clemens left his first Padres start with an injury, and even Chris Paddack who came over in the Fernando Rodney was found to have a ulnar collateral ligament tear, which likely signifies Tommy John Surgery.
Right handed power arm Luis Castillo was simply returned to the Marlins and the Padres stated that the second trade “was in the best interests of everyone involved.”. To me this sounds like perhaps a bigger issue was found in Rea’s arm and the Padres essentially “did the right thing” by taking him back than appearing to trade an injured pitcher. If that is the case it speaks highly of the morals of the Padres front office though is certainly unfortunate in any event.
The Padres still appear to be shopping catcher Derek Norris with a little over an hour to go until the trade deadline, and Jon Jay who is still hurt also does not appear to be going anywhere. He is a free agent at the end of the year and had a great first half for the Padres before his injury.