SARASOTA, Fla. – Friday was another step in Tsuyoshi Wada’s road to the Orioles. He threw about 15 pitches off a distant half-mound behind Ed Smith Stadium, and after some conditioning drills, pronounced himself happy.
It was his second throwing session on a half-mound and on Monday, he’ll throw off the full mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery last May.
“I feel that it’s gradually getting better and better, day by day, and today is more like getting ready for Monday. It went well, so I’m happy about that,” Wada said through a translator.
“He still thinks that it’s a big step, but it’s a beginning, too. He’s going to have to go through a lot of different steps in order to get back, too.”
The Orioles are hoping that Wada can pitch for them in June, but it’s possible the timetable can move up.
NOTE: Jonathan Schoop, who’s leaving after Saturday’s game to join The Netherlands’ World Baseball Classic team, will play second base. He was supposed to play third base, but Texas’ Jurickson Profar, who was going to play second, is remaining with the Rangers for spring training.