Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters -- including Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore -- that left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.
“He’s had no setbacks yet, so that’s really good to see,”
Showalter said. “I like the way he’s progressing and presenting himself as an
option. That’s encouraging.”
Wada recently threw 68 pitches over four innings during an extended spring training contest. Showalter wants to see the southpaw log five innings in his next extended spring training appearance. If Wada's able to do that without suffering a setback, the O's will consider beginning his rehab stint in the minors. On the current timeline, this would occur sometime in early May.
The Orioles signed Wada to a two-year, $8 million contract prior to the 2012 campaign. He required Tommy John surgery roughly a year ago and has yet to throw a pitch for the club. When he returns, he could be used out of the bullpen, but he could also be added to the starting rotation. This seems like a more realistic possibility considering the way Baltimore's rotation -- specifically Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta -- have struggled to start the season.
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