Tsuyoshi Wada hasn’t pitched since Aug. 31, and it’s looking less likely that he’ll pitch for the Orioles this season—or ever.
Wada was sent to Sarasota, Fla. along with some others after Norfolk’s season ended on Labor Day in case the Orioles decided he was needed.
They did summon Dan Johnson for this weekend’s series, but Wada hasn’t gotten a call.
The Orioles signed Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million contract in Dec. 2011. Last year was lost due to Tommy John surgery, and when he started slowly during his rehab assignment, the club and Wada mutually agreed for him to stay at Norfolk.
Wada concluded his season by allowing just one run in 13 innings. He was 5-6 with a 4.03 ERA at Norfolk.
If the Orioles fall completely out of contention in the final week, there’s still a chance they could call Wada up for a start, but he’s already gone more than two weeks without real competition.
The Orioles believed Wada wasn’t suited for the bullpen, and that he wasn’t good enough to start during the season. It would be a shame if all that money was spent without Wada at least getting a token appearance with the Orioles.