Apr 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT
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.