Ken Rosenthal reports that the Miami Marlins are sending starter Colin Rea back to the San Diego Padres.
Rea was dealt to the Marlins as a part of the seven-player trade which involved him and Andrew Cashner as the primary pieces. Rea left in the fourth inning of his first start with the Marlins, however, suffering elbow problems. He was subsequently placed on the disabled list with a sprained elbow. He said he felt pain while warming up before the game.
Jeff Passan says the Marlins are “livid” about Rea’s injury and they believe they were dealt damaged goods by San Diego. Obviously, if Rea is going back west, someone — or at least a bunch of cash — will be headed back to Miami to undo that part of the deal.
UPDATE: Here’s what’s coming back:
The Diamondbacks traded Trevor Bauer to the Indians and received shortstop Didi Gregorius back from the Reds in the three-team deal. But Didi is malfunctioning:
Didi Gregorius, considered Arizona’s shortstop of the future, has a right elbow injury that has prevented him from throwing or batting for the past month. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers revealed the injury at a briefing with reporters Tuesday.
He said Gregorius felt discomfort in the elbow while working out a month ago in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius was flown from his home in Curacao to Arizona, where an examination found a slight strain of the ulnar collateral ligament, Towers said.
There was no indication that Gregorius was injured before the trade and, indeed, he did not report any discomfort to the Reds. He was likely going to start the year in the minors anyway, but it has to be discouraging news when the guy you traded your top prospect for comes up achy the first day you lay eyes on him.
While professional baseball has come to treat its young pitchers’ arms like the valuable resources they are, imposing pitch count limits and innings limits and doing everything it can to limit the damage to developing hurlers, a whole lot of them are damaged goods when they arrive. Damaged by insane workloads in college and high school, often from coaches who have little interest in a pitcher’s well-being after his brief time at their school.
Now, reports Baseball America, state athletic associations are starting to impose pitch count limits, with The National High School Federation requiring all 50 state federations, which govern high school baseball, to create pitch limits of some sort before the 2017 season begins.
Baseball America details Georgia’s plan, which limits pitchers to 110 pitches and mandates a days rest requirement after outings in excess of 86 pitches or more. This against a backdrop where, historically, some teenagers are trotted out for 120+ pitch performances, sometimes far more, and then are put in games a day or two later.
College is still a place where arms are routinely abused, but the tide is turning against that too. Hopefully, eventually, all of this will lead to fewer pitchers seeing their careers end before they really begin.