Rea's contract was selected by the Cubs on Monday.
Despite not pitching in the big leagues since 2016, the 29-year-old will be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Rea spent the 2019 season with Triple-A Iowa, where he finished with a 3.95 ERA in 26 starts.
The Cubs reassigned Rea to their minor-league camp Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rea was a prospect of some repute while coming up in the Padres organization, but multiple injuries have derailed his development. The right-hander didn't appear in any Cactus League games while tending to an unspecified issue, making it uncertain if he'll be ready to pitch once the minor-league season gets underway.
Rea (undisclosed) will be on a restricted schedule during spring training, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It's unclear what is holding Rea back, but the Cubs will play it safe with the right-hander after a lat injury torpedoed his 2018 campaign. Rea's status for Opening Day remains up in the air. He doesn't figure to play a significant role for the Cubs in 2019 even when healthy.
Rea signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs which includes an invitation to spring training Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Rea has a mediocre 4.69 ERA in 134.1 career major-league innings, none of which have come since 2016. Tommy John surgery cost him the entirety of his 2017 campaign, while a strained lat kept him out for the first half of last season. He spent the remainder of the year struggling to get back on track in the minors, finishing with a 5.73 ERA in 75.1 innings at the two highest levels. The 28-year-old has swingman upside at best and significant injury concerns cast doubt on him reaching even that low ceiling.
Rea was released by the Padres on Monday.
Rea, who was designated for assignment last week, will hit the open market after passing through waivers untouched. The 28-year-old right-hander split time between Triple-A El Paso and Double-A San Antonio in 2018, posting a combined 5.76 ERA across 75 innings. Rea owns a career 4.69 ERA in 134.1 major-league frames.
Rea was designated for assignment by the Padres on Tuesday.
Rea was bumped off the 40-man roster to make room for a more promising young player ahead of the Rule 5 draft. The 28-year-old Rea split time between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso in 2018, struggling to a combined 5.76 ERA over 75 frames.
Rea was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday with an undisclosed injury, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
He had a 6.19 ERA in 36.1 innings at Triple-A, working primarily as a starter. Jacob Nix was promoted from Double-A to take Rea's spot in the Albuquerque rotation.
Rea (lat) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.
Rea, who missed all of the 2017 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has been sidelined all season with a lat strain. While his rehab window has expired, Rea will continue to pitch for the Chihuahuas until the Padres feel he's ready to join the big-league rotation.
Rea (lat) made a rehab start for Double-A San Antonio on Tuesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The start was Rea's first of any kind since 2016, as he missed all of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery and was delayed to start this season by a strained lat. He allowed four runs on four hits in 3.1 innings, striking out two while walking one.
Rea (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A San Antonio, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
Rea has been on the disabled list with a right lat strain since the start of the season and recently completed his rehab work at extended spring training in Arizona. The expected length of his rehab assignment remains unclear, but the 27-year-old appears to be progressing well in his recovery.
Rea was moved to the 60-day disabled list prior to Friday's game.
Rea was officially placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week and is not expected to be back in action until this summer after straining his right lat in early March. The right-hander missed the entire 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Rea (lat) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. The move is retroactive to March 26.
Rea has been dealing with a strained right lat since the beginning of March and only recently resumed throwing. The 27-year-old remains without a timetable for his return, but he'll essentially have to go through an individual spring training all over again to build up to a starter's workload, which could end up taking more than a month. Rea missed all of 2017 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Padres will likely give him ample time to get back up to speed.
Rea (lat) resumed throwing off flat ground Thursday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
After sitting out the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Rea received a clean bill of health heading into spring training, but the right-hander never ended up making a single appearance after experiencing shoulder issues in early March. The Padres later diagnosed Rea with a strained right lat, which had prevented him from throwing for nearly three weeks before his activity Thursday. It appears Rea will have to essentially go through an individual spring training all over again to build up to a starter's workload, which could take more than a month. San Diego may elect to move Rea to the 60-day disabled list in an attempt to gain some roster flexibility, as it's unlikely the 27-year-old would be called upon to join the big-league rotation anyway in the season's first two months.
Rea -- who suffered a setback last week -- has been diagnosed with a strained right lat muscle and will miss the first few weeks of the regular season, according to MLB.com's AJ Cassevell.
Rea had an outside shot at one of the Padres' final rotation spots, but this setback removes him from the spring competition completely. The 27-year-old could re-enter the mix at some point this season if the opportunity presents itself, but deep league owners should shift their attention to candidates such as Tyson Ross, Matt Strahm and Chris Young.
Rea is battling shoulder soreness and will be backed off his throwing program, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Rea underwent Tommy John surgery in November 2016 and missed the entire 2017 season. He was considered healthy heading into this spring, but appears to have hit a snag in his rehab. He had an outside shot at winning the Padres' fifth starter job, but that seems unlikely unless he returns to action soon.
Rea (elbow) will not face any restrictions during spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Rea underwent Tommy John surgery in November 2016, and as expected, he'll be fully operational heading into spring training after missing the entire 2017 season to rehab. The 27-year-old will get a chance to compete for one of the Padres' final rotation spots, though even if he earns a starting role, he doesn't figure to offer much from a fantasy perspective.
Rea (elbow) was cleared to play catch by Dr. James Andrews, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery back in November, but it seems like his rehab process is proceeding without a hitch thus far. He's slated to miss all of the 2017 season, but Rea could be back for spring training next season if all goes according to plan.
Rea was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.
Rea underwent Tommy John surgery in November and will miss the entirety of the 2017 season. His move to the 60-day DL opened a roster spot for recent signee Jered Weaver.
Rea (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The hope was that Rea would be able to avoid Tommy John surgery with PRP treatments and rest and rehab, but after he felt discomfort while throwing earlier this week, the decision was made to send him for the procedure. Rea is hoping to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. He was infamously traded to Miami then traded right back to San Diego at the deadline after reporting elbow soreness in his debut with the Marlins.
Rea (elbow) is on schedule in his recovery from a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, the Padres' official site reports.
If he's healthy enough to do so, Rea could appear in a few Arizona Fall League games before the short offseason league wraps up in November. For now, the Padres are hoping that Rea can avoid Tommy John surgery, but the team has a Dec. 1 deadline for him to be completely healthy before reconsidering the procedure. If healthy, Rea will be in the mix for a rotation spot during spring training.
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