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Tsuyoshi Wada seeking second opinion on damaged elbow

Apr 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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

Initial tests showed ligament damage in Tsuyoshi Wada‘s sore elbow and the Orioles left-hander will get a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Yocum actually performed Wada’s pre-signing physical exam and gave him a clean enough bill of health that the Orioles inked the Japanese veteran to a two-year, $8.15 million contract.

However, he was shut down in late February and has been limited since then, with manager Buck Showalter indicating to Jeff Seidel of MLB.com that the Orioles fear he’ll need surgery.

Wada had a remarkable 1.51 ERA and 168/40 K/BB ratio in 185 innings last season in Japan, but projected as merely a back-of-the-rotation starter with mediocre raw stuff in the majors.

  1. randomdigits - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Wada has pitched since late February. He had some extended spring training action and a minor league rehab start.

  2. DJ MC - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Of course, the “other” Asian pitcher the Orioles signed this off-season, Wei-Yin Chen, has a 2.60 ERA and 15 Ks with a 2.5/1 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings. So while Wada getting hurt is disappointing, the way the Orioles’ starters have looked so far it isn’t a crisis.

    Chen has been good along with Arrieta. Hammel lights-out. Hunter effective. Even Matusz looks much, much better than his numbers. And Britton is starting to throw again this week and could be back in early- or mid-June.

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