Tsuyoshi Wada lasted four innings in his first rehab start in Norfolk on Thursday afternoon. The Japanese left-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2012, allowed four runs—one of them-- unearned on three hits against Lehigh Valley. Wada walked two and struck out five. He also threw a wild pitch. Wada threw 78 pitches, 45 for strikes.
The Iron Pigs, Philadelphia’s Triple-A affiliate, scored the unearned run in the first. In the fourth, Wada allowed two home runs, to Cody Overbeck and a two-run shot by Humberto Quintero.
Wada had built up to seven innings in extended spring training.
He’s allowed 30 days on his rehabilitation assignment, which could give him as many as six starts.
If Wada stays with the Tides and pitches in five days, his next start would come on Tuesday against Durham.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that the team wanted Wada pitching at a high level, but didn’t say whether he might start some games for Bowie.
Earlier this month, it appeared the Orioles were keeping Wada in extended spring training because they didn’t have a place for him to pitch. With Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez currently on the disabled list, that’s meant Norfolk starters would be promoted.
Gonzalez is expected back next week, but if Chen is out for an extended time, the Orioles may have a need for Wada. Freddy Garcia has had two bad starts, and the other pitchers brought up from Norfolk, Zach Britton, Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson, have not distinguished themselves.
Wada must be recalled by June 15. He can’t be optioned to Norfolk without his permission.