Wada getting closer to rehab assignment

Wada getting closer to rehab assignment
April 23, 2013, 8:00 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 threw four innings and 68 pitches in extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla. It was another step for Wada, who’s nearing the first anniversary of Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

By May 11, the actual anniversary, Wada should be deep in a rehab assignment, although manager Buck Showalter isn’t sure when that will begin.

His next step, Showalter says, is to pitch five innings in extended spring, and that could come on either Sunday or Monday. If he completes that successfully and feels strong on his next work day, then the Orioles could talk about sending him on a rehab assignment in early May.

“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.”

In spring training, Showalter said that he was aiming for a June 1 debut for Wada.

NOTES: Showalter doesn’t have a projected date for Brian Roberts to begin a rehab assignment. He has yet to begin batting, fielding or throwing. Roberts strained his right hamstring on Apr. 4.