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Marlins return injured Colin Rea to Padres

Florida felt like it had been sold a bad bill of goods, and has returned the starter it acquired from the Padres.

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Ken Rostenthal reported first that the Marlins are returning Colin Rea to the Padres after he left his first start with his new club on Saturday with a sprained elbow. Apparently, the Marlins are convinced that Rea was hurt before he was dealt last week. Jeff Passan suggests that they were not pleased:

It’s unclear at this point what grounds the Marlins have for believing the Padres sent them damaged goods aside from the curious timing. For their trouble, the Marlins will be getting 23 year old A-ball starter Luis Castillo back from the Padres. While this is technically two separate trades, it essentially means that the Fish got Andrew Cashner and Tayron Geurrero for injured closer Carter Capps, Jarred Cosart, and last year’s first round pick Josh Naylor.

It’s still a pretty good return for the Padres, and the Marlins may be back on the market for a starter before the trade deadline in a couple of hours. Or they could potentially make a deal in August to shore up their rotation.

As for Rea, the 25 year old is awaiting the results of an MRI and no one has any idea when the righty will be back on the mound in San Diego.