Padres Under MLB Review for Exchanging Medical Information at Trade Deadline

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 6, 2016

Jul 30, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Colin Rea (right) walks back to the dugout with a member of the medical staff after Rea injured his are during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is taking a closer look at the San Diego Padres following two of their recent trades prior to the August 1 deadline. 

Per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, MLB is looking into the exchange of medical information regarding deals that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox and a package trade that sent Colin Rea to the Miami Marlins

"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 included in Lin's report.

Lin also noted a Padres spokesperson had "no comment" on the review being conducted by MLB but added the team "is confident it will be cleared of any alleged wrongdoing."

Rea made his first start for the Marlins on July 30 against the St. Louis Cardinals but lasted just 3.1 innings due to an elbow injury. He was traded back to the Padres the following day, with Luis Castillo coming to the Marlins after he was included in the original deal.

On Friday, Padres manager Andy Green announced that Rea would undergo Tommy John surgery. Lin said the Marlins asked Rea if he was "taking any medications, presumably for elbow discomfort" and the right-hander admitted he was, which the Marlins said was not disclosed when the original trade happened.

Lin added the Padres' deal with the Red Sox involving Pomeranz will stand, but "the Red Sox have raised concerns about the exchange of medical information in that deal."

Lin reported that MLB does not have established "hard-and-fast rules" for governing the exchange of medical records before a trade.

Before any transaction is completed—whether it is a trade or a free-agent signing—teams will go through all of the medical information to ensure players are in peak physical condition.


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