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Tsuyoshi Wada not expected back from Tommy John surgery until May or June

Jan 31, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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Tsuyoshi Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the Orioles last offseason, but he didn’t throw a pitch for the club in 2012 because he required Tommy John surgery in May. And now his recovery is expected to stretch into the 2013 season.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair said on WBAL radio today that Wada is not expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until May or June. That would put him around one year removed from surgery, which isn’t out of the ordinary.

Wada, who turns 32 next month, had a dominant 1.51 ERA and 168/40 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings in 2011 for the Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. Checking in at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, the southpaw doesn’t throw particularly hard and relies on deception and command of his three secondary pitches to get outs. It’s not clear whether the Orioles intend to bring him back as a starter or a reliever.

  1. watermelon1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Someone get this guy some “deer spray!”

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      Bad taste in humor. WADA stands for World Anti Doping Agency. There is no way that Wada would use anything illegal.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Ha! Good morning, PC.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Good morning to you.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        How’s the weather?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        PS historiophiliac: The Mets are very interested in Valverde. Have a very nice day!

      • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        PC, that kinda makes my day. :)

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Thought so!

  2. thatswhatsgooood - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    even if he doesn’t really play this year he will still only have stolen roughly a fifth of what brian roberts has stolen since he signed his last deal.

  3. randomdigits - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    What is funny is that I just read a month or so ago that he was ahead of schedule.

    Doesn’t seem that way if he is due to miss a year +.

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