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Padres’ Colin Rea undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Padres’ right-hander Colin Rea underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, according to reports by the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Dennis Lin and MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell. Rea had been at the center of some drama between the Padres and Marlins during the 2016 trade deadline, when the righty was dealt in a multi-player swap and promptly returned to San Diego after suffering an elbow strain in his first outing in Miami.

Rea was diagnosed with a torn UCL in early August, but opted out of Tommy John surgery after receiving PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment from Dr. James Andrews instead. While MLB investigated the Padres’ disclosure of medical records, the 26-year-old remained on the bench for the remainder of the 2016 season and was working his way through a rehab program when he felt discomfort in his elbow during a throwing session. The surgery pushed his return date back to the start of 2018, though Cassavell notes that had the right-hander undergone Tommy John in August, there would be no better chance of him making a full recovery by Opening Day of the 2017 season.

While the Padres have plenty of internal candidates for their 2017 rotation, the long recovery process that still stretches before Rea could encourage the front office to seek outside help as they work their way back from fifth place in the NL West division.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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