Rea was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Thursday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Rea was recently demoted to the bullpen after Adbert Alzolay was named the starter for Thursday's contest. However, he'll now report to South Bend. It appears as though the Cubs will continue to use Alzolay in their rotation while Jose Quintana (lat) and Tyler Chatwood (forearm) remain sidelined, though Rea will be one of the Cubs' top options to fill in if further injuries occur to their pitching staff.
Rea is expected to return to the bullpen this week with the Cubs listing Adbert Alzolay as their starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Reds, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
With both Jose Quintana (lat) and Tyler Chatwood (forearm) on the injured list, the Cubs added fifth and sixth starters to their rotation for Saturday's doubleheader with the Cardinals. Both Alzolay and Rea received nods, and while neither impressed, the Cubs seemingly have faith that the young right-hander can provide them with more than the 2.2 innings he offered in the first game of Saturday's twin bill. Rea, meanwhile, started the second game, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks in two innings before being pulled from the contest.
Rea (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits across two innings to take the loss in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He walked two and struck out three.
Rea pitched a scoreless first inning but things went downhill quickly from there. He allowed two home runs in the second, then started the third by allowing three straight singles before getting the hook. Rea's ERA climbed to 5.79 in the process. The righty is likely to return to the bullpen at some point, but with both Jose Quintana (lat) and Tyler Chatwood (forearm) currently on the shelf, Rea remains an option to make some spot starts.
Rea worked two innings out of the bullpen Friday in the Cubs' 10-1 loss to the White Sox, giving up a run on two hits while striking out two.
Rea's previous appearance came as a starter last weekend versus Milwaukee, when he joined the rotation on short notice after Tyler Chatwood (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Jose Quintana (thumb) looks on track to return from the IL during the upcoming week to assume Chatwood's rotation spot moving forward, so Rea will likely stick around in the bullpen as a multi-inning option. Chicago will have doubleheaders coming up next week and in the first week of September that may result in the team temporarily adding a sixth member to the rotation, but manager David Ross may prefer to give Adbert Alzolay a spot start over Rea after Alzolay tossed five scoreless frames against the Cardinals on Wednesday in his 2020 debut.
Rea allowed three earned runs on four hits across 3.1 innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday. He did not walk or strike out any batters.
Rea ran into little trouble through three innings, allowing only one baserunner in that span. However, after retiring the leadoff hitter in the fourth frame, he surrendered two singles and a double. The Cubs have a pair of doubleheaders in the upcoming week, which should give Rea another turn through the rotation Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Rea will start Saturday's game against the Brewers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs need to make some adjustments to their rotation after Tyler Chatwood was scratched from his scheduled start Friday. Rea served mainly as a starter in the minors and in past major-league appearances but came out of the bullpen twice to begin the 2020 season, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Rea was recalled from the Cubs' alternate camp site Thursday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Rea will replace Dillon Maples on the roster and in the bullpen. The right-hander spent all of last season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 3.95 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 26 starts (148 innings). He'll likely provide length out of the bullpen for the Cubs.
Rea was assigned to the Cubs' alternate training site in South Bend Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rea was in the mix to begin the year as the team's fifth starter with Jose Quintana (thumb) out, but with Alec Mills securing that role, Rea was kept off the Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2016, when he logged 20 total games (19 starts) with the Marlins and Padres.
Rea is a candidate to break camp as the Cubs' fifth starter after Jose Quintana underwent thumb surgery Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
With Quintana's status for the start of the season in serious doubt, Alec Mills is the early frontrunner to step in as the team's fifth starter, though president of baseball operations Theo Epstein also mentioned Rea and Adbert Alzolay as potential options. Rea, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016, compiled a 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 120 strikeouts across 148 innings (26 starts) with Triple-A Iowa in 2019.
Rea will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
The Wrigley Field group is more likely to see significant MLB playing time than the players the club is sending to South Bend for camp, but Rea is still jockeying with 21 other pitchers. The 30-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016. He made 26 starts for Triple-A Iowa last season, compiling a 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 120 strikeouts across 148 innings.
Rea was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 29-year-old righty logged a 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 148 innings at Triple-A last year. He will serve as organizational pitching depth.
Rea allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while retiring just two batters in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Reds.
Rea now has a 12.71 ERA this spring, which isn't helping his case for Chicago's fifth starter job. Tyler Chatwood appears to be in the lead for the role, and at this point, Rea would probably be fortunate to secure a bullpen spot with the Cubs.
Rea is competing for the Cubs' fifth and final rotation spot in spring training, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports.
Rea is competing with the likes of Tyler Chatwood, Adbert Alzolay and Alec Mills. Chatwood has the most MLB experience of the group and is considered the favorite, but Rea could surge ahead with a strong spring showing, though he didn't help his cause by allowing four earned runs in an inning of work Thursday. The 29-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2016 and is probably more of a longshot at this point to have significant fantasy value this season.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/05||@ STL||L 1-5||0||1||0||2.0||5||4||2||3|
|09/01||@ PIT||W 8-7||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|08/30||@ CIN||W 10-1||1||0||0||0.2||0||0||0||1|
|08/26||@ DET||L 6-7||0||0||0||1.0||3||1||0||0|
|08/24||@ DET||W 9-3||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|08/21||vs CHW||L 1-10||0||0||0||2.0||2||1||0||2|
|08/15||vs MIL||L 5-6||0||0||0||3.1||4||3||0||0|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||103.0||31||19||0||5||10||0||80||47||106||4.11||1.485|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||43.0||15||9||0||0||5||0||45||39||43||6.07||1.907|
|2013||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||43.0||16||3||0||2||1||0||38||22||34||2.09||1.302|
|2014||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||139.0||28||28||0||11||9||0||118||37||151||3.88||1.353|
|2015||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||26.2||6||6||0||2||2||0||20||12||29||4.47||1.565|
|2015||AA-San Antonio Missions||75.0||12||12||0||3||2||0||60||11||50||1.08||0.813|
|2016||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||1||1||9.00||2.000|
|2018||AAX-San Antonio Missions||24.0||6||6||0||0||3||0||21||13||32||7.12||1.875|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||51.1||12||9||0||3||2||0||49||23||58||5.11||1.585|