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Orioles import Tsuyoshi Wada stricken with sore elbow

Feb 26, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore Reuters

One wonders if the Orioles may have found the new Koji Uehara when they signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million contract in December.

Uehara was signed as a starter, only to end up in the bullpen late due to durability concerns. Wada could follow the same path after being shut down indefinitely Sunday because of elbow discomfort.

While X-rays were negative, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun that Wada had fluid drained from the elbow to help with the swelling and also received a cortisone injection.

The 31-year-old Wada was expected to compete for a spot in the Baltimore rotation, but many had already penciled him into the pen because he has some history in relief. The current plan is for him to take three days off and then be reevaulated.

“As for me and how I feel, I feel like I could throw [Monday],” Wada said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

  1. randomdigits - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    According to Wada this is normal for him in February and if he was still in Japan would not be newsworthy. He says he wants to try pitching in a day or so but the O’s won’t let him.

  2. charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Here we go again. Another losing season. give it a few weeks until Roberts is ruled out indefinetly

    • phillyphreak - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      I tried as hard as I could but I just couldn’t rearrange the letters in Tsuyoshi Wada to spell Brian Roberts…..

  3. micker716 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Why is Wada the next Uehara and not the next Lincecum or Kershaw? They both sat out the beginning of spring training with minor injuries. What connection do Koji Uehara and Tsuyoshi Wada share that could possibly be relevant?

    • cktai - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:03 AM

      The fact they both play(ed) with the Orioles?

    • randomdigits - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      They are both control pitchers with deceptive deliveries and poor velocity.

      Also most experts think they are better suited to the bullpen then starting and the O’s signed them both by promising them a shot at the starting rotation.

  4. daveydawg - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Cheer up Baltimore, that hat is the best in baseball… Hope they go back to it..

    • nolanwiffle - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      That is indeed their “new” uniform for 2012. So we got that goin’ for us.

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