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Tsuyoshi Wada needs Tommy John surgery

May 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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

The Orioles signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a a two-year, $8.15 million contract over the winter. Then he couldn’t make it out of spring training due to elbow soreness, and since then has pitched a grand total of one inning of minor league ball.

But now his year — and most of next, I’d wager — is over: he’s going to have Tommy John surgery.

He was given a physical by the same doctor who diagnosed the need for Tommy John — Lewis Yocum — before signing with Baltimore, so one can assume that this is a case of a freak occurrence in limited spring work, not a case of Wada being damaged goods.

Not that that will make Baltimore feel better.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Hate to say it old you so but I told you so. Another Japanese pitcher breaks down.
    Maybe in the future they’ll give these guys a season or two in the minors before they get to the bigs but i guess they cost so much $ teams just want to use them right Way.

    • randomdigits - May 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Not sure how a season in the minors would have helped considering he got hurt in spring training.

      On the bright side the O’s had enough depth that Wada (and Britton) being hurt is backbreaking.

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