The Brewers have signed right-hander Colin Rea to a minor league deal, as per MLB.com’s official transactions page. Rea has been assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and is prone to begin tomorrow’s recreation, in keeping with Sounds announcer Jeff Hem (Twitter link).
Rea had a 2.03 ERA over 40 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks this season, however he left the Japanese workforce earlier this month to be able to return to his household in the USA following the untimely beginning of his little one (reporter Jim Allen has the main points). The righty has now caught on with the Brewers and can look to take part in a Main League season for the fourth time in his profession.
After tossing 134 1/3 innings with the Padres and Marlins in 2015-16, Rea underwent a Tommy John surgical procedure after which didn’t return to the massive leagues till final season with the Cubs. (He pitched in San Diego and Chicago farm programs in 2018-19.) Rea’s comeback 12 months noticed him publish a 5.79 ERA over 14 innings for the Cubs, earlier than the workforce launched him through the offseason to signal with the Hawks.
Rea has labored as a starter for a lot of his profession, and his project Sunday with Nashville signifies that the Brewers will proceed to maintain him stretched out. He would possibly present some rotation depth for a workforce nonetheless lacking Adrian Houser and Eric Lauer to the COVID checklist, although the ever-creative Brewers might use Rea as an extended man, piggyback starter, or maybe a bulk pitcher on the MLB stage, if not merely as a standard starter or reliever.