Kevin Gadea, 22, has never pitched about Class A but, armed with a mid 90s fastball, has a chance to join the Rays pen. (Will Vragovic/Times)

Tampa Bay Rays Rule-5 draft pick Kevin Gadea will miss “at least” four weeks after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his right elbow, tweeted Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times).

Adding an unexpected wrinkle to the situation, the Rays were in the process of returning the right-hander to the Mariners organization when the MRI revealed his injury.

As it stands, he will break camp with the Rays and accrue Major League service time on the team’s disabled list — thus, as Steve Adams (MLB Trade Rumors) noted, earning the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for the time he spends on the Major League  DL. The team could eventually place him on the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

There is an upside for the Rays, who, in turn, will have an opportunity to further evaluate the 22 year-old hurler as he progresses through a minor league rehab assignment. If other injuries arise and/or other relievers fail to perform early in the season, writes Adams, it’s possible that Gadea could emerge as a candidate to help out on the Major League roster.

Then again, they may offer him back to Seattle once his rehab stint is completed.

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