Minor league notebook: Padres under MLB review after Colin Rea trade

Cascade pitcher injured in only Marlins start, facing Tommy John surgery

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Colin Rea (29) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in 2015. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Colin Rea (29) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in 2015. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The San Diego Padres are under review by Major League Baseball in regards to the exchange of medical records after a pair of trades this past week, one that involved Cascade’s Colin Rea.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that the review also includes left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who the Padres dealt to the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Rea was traded to the Miami Marlins but left in the fourth inning of his only start with an elbow injury.

It was announced Friday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery and be out 12 to 14 months.

“In response to several unrelated issues that arose during the trade deadline, we are reviewing our policies regarding maintenance of medical files to ensure uniformity between clubs,” an MLB spokesperson said in a statement Friday night.

A Padres source told the Union-Tribune the club is confident it will be cleared of any wrongdoing. After Rea’s injury, Miami traded Rea back to San Diego for a minor-league pitcher involved in the initial seven-player deal between the clubs.

Teams generally exchange medical information on players before trades are consummated. The Union-Tribune reported that Rea told the Marlins after his injury that he had been taking medication for elbow discomfort.

“I just knew that it gradually got worse and worse throughout the start,” Rea told the Union-Tribune. “It got to the point where I just wasn’t able to throw anymore. My velocity was dropping every inning. That last inning was the lowest it had been all year, so I knew something wasn’t right. It wasn’t like a certain pitch, but it was a gradual decline.”

Rea told the Union-Tribune he pitched through “general soreness” through the season.


“Obviously, the timing of the whole thing wasn’t great,” he said. “The biggest thing is to get this done with and move forward and work hard through the rehab process and try to come back better.”

How They're Doing

Colin Rea (Cascade): Traded to the Miami Marlins, the right-handed starter went into Saturday with a 5-5 record in 19 games, 18 starts.
Scott Schebler (Cedar Rapids Prairie): Since being promoted back up to the Cincinnat Reds, the outfielder is 5-for-15 in four games. That included a walk-off, three-run home run Tuesday night against St. Louis.
Matt Dermody (University of Iowa): Relief pitcher has seen three levels in Blue Jays system this season, and is 0-0 with a 2.70 earned run average in seven appearances for Triple-A Buffalo.
Jon Keller (Cedar Rapids Xavier): In two starts since being sent back to high-Class A Frederick, has allowed just one hit (and an unearned run) in 7 1/3 innings. Also has nine strikeouts.
Mitch Keller (Cedar Rapids Xavier): Hasn’t been as effective in his last three starts, but still sports a 6-5 record and 3.02 ERA in 19 starts for Class A West Virginia (Pirates). Has a WHIP of under 1.00 and 103 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings.
Derrick Loveless (Solon): Outfielder had a home run and three RBI in a game Thursday night for Double-A New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Has .243 batting average and seven homers in 38 games for Fisher Cats.
Jake Yacinich (University of Iowa): Shortstop is on the disabled list for Class A Burlington (Angels). Was hitting .241 in 51 games, with four home runs and 27 RBIs.
Joel Booker (University of Iowa): Outfielder was promoted from AZL to Rookie-level Great Falls (White Sox) last week and was 5-for-8 in two games, with a home run, four RBIs and a stolen base.
Kris Goodman (University of Iowa): Outfielder is hitting .186 in 15 games since being promoted back to Class A Greensboro (Marlins).
Nick Roscetti (University of Iowa): Shortstop continues to be on the disabled list for high-A Brevard County (Brewers).
Eric Toole (University of Iowa): Outfielder hitting .250 in 18 games for Shortseason-A Boise (Rockies). Has five RBIs and four stolen bases.
A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids Washington): Had four shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four in his last start for Shortseason-A Vermont (Athletics). Has 0-1 record and 2.95 ERA in five starts overall.

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