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Orioles hoping to have Tsuyoshi Wada back on June 1

Apr 24, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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

Tsuyoshi Wada has yet to throw a pitch for the Orioles since signing a two-year, $8 million deal in December of 2011, suffering an elbow injury last spring that eventually required Tommy John surgery.

He’s on the comeback trail and Rich Dubroff of reports that the Orioles are targeting June 1 for the left-hander’s return from the disabled list. Dubroff notes that Wada threw four innings and 68 pitches in an extended spring training game and he’s a few weeks short of one year removed from surgery, so his timetable makes sense.

Obviously at this point no one knows what to expect from Wada once he’s healthy, but when the Orioles signed him out of Japan–where he had a 1.51 ERA in 185 innings in 2011–they viewed him as a potential mid-rotation starter.

  1. fukpittsburgh - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    So far this guy is tied with all of the worst signings in team history.

    • fukpittsburgh - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Who the hell would disagree with this? The guy is making $8 mil over 2 years, is soaking up even more money and resources with his rehab and what not, and hasn’t pitched a game yet. It is possible this guy will walk away with $8 million from the O’s, get nursed back to health by their staff, and never throw a pitch for them.

  2. ryanrockzzz - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    gotta give it more then a month dude.

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