Showalter happy about Wada's health

Showalter happy about Wada's health
May 17, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (18) throws during the bottom of the sixth inning of a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

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BALTIMORE – Tsuyoshi Wada had his first rehab start on Thursday. His next will come for Norfolk on Tuesday against Durham. In his first, Wada allowed four runs, three earned in four innings.

Manager Buck Showalter spoke with Tides manager Ron Johnson about Wada, and said the Japanese left-hander passed the most important test. He was healthy.

“I wasn’t going to base it too much, performance-wise. You know Ron gave me his thoughts on it,” Showalter said.

“Probably the third start there is kind of, ‘what do we have going on there?’”

Wada is on the 60-day disabled list, and isn’t eligible to join the Orioles until May 30. By then, he’ll have three starts. The Orioles could keep him on a rehab assignment until June 15, and he could throw as many as six times.

“We’ll see how he recovers today. I want to see how he feels,” Showalter said.

Wada, who had Tommy John surgery on May 11, 2012, used all his pitches.

“Some of them went places they shouldn’t have gone, coming and going. I think his command was pretty good. He was free and easy,” Showalter said.

“Regardless of your background, it’s a huge jump in your level of play, but like RJ said, he thinks it will get better, and it will have to get better. It was his first outing.”

NOTES: Taylor Teagarden, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left thumb, had his splint removed. He injured it on Apr. 27. … Wilson Betemit, who’s on the 60-day disabled list with a severely sprained right knee, began jogging in the pool at the Orioles’ spring training headquarters in Sarasota, Fla.