SARASOTA, Fla. – After more than 10 months, Tsuyoshi Wada made it back to a mound on Monday morning. Wada, who had Tommy John surgery last May, threw his first bullpen session from a full mound.
Wada’s session drew a crowd. Manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Rick Adair, Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin and organizational pitching guru Rick Peterson watched along with rehab coordinator Chris Correnti.
“Everything did go well. Buck and the media was here too, so I was a little bit nervous,” Wada joked through his translator.
“It was very fun throwing from the mound today. I have been throwing on the half-mound, so I didn’t feel awkward. There wasn’t much of a difference,” Wada said.
When asked if he would throw again on Wednesday, Wada answered in English: “Maybe.”
Adair has had limited opportunities to watch him pitch, and was pleased.
“He’s done a lot of work. Chris Correnti’s done a tremendous job physically getting him back in shape. It was the first day, so it was real good,” Adair said.
“He’s got to be excited, so I’m excited for him.”