Here’s one of those off the way things you don’t see every day after a trade is made in Major League Baseball.
The Miami Marlins have announced they are trading Colin Rea back to the San Diego Padres after the right-hander suffered an elbow injury in his pitching debut for his new team this past Saturday.
No, this is not a misprint or a joke. The Marlins are sending Rea, whom they placed on the 15-day disabled list, back where he came from.
Ironically, according to ESPN.com, the Marlins get pitching prospect Luis Castillo back, who was in the original deal for Rea. Castillo, a 23-year-old right-hander, was 7-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 100 innings pitched for Jupiter, the Marlins' Class-A team in the Florida State League at the time of Friday's trade.
The Marlins are keeping pitcher Andrew Cashner, who was the centerpiece of this trade last week. Miami could still try to trade for a starting pitcher, but time is running out on the Aug. 1 deadline.
Miami’s Achilles heel all season has been the fifth starter in its pitching rotation. Will the ball club stick with what it has on the roster or rely on someone down on the farm to assume the role? The one thing the Marlins have done since the beginning of the season is shuffle players back and forth from New Orleans and Jacksonville with the hope they can solve the issues in the rotation.
Despite it all, Miami would make the playoffs if the season ended today.
Rea pitched 3? scoreless innings and allowed one hit against the St. Louis Cardinals before he left Saturday's game. He said he first felt pain warming up before the game.