MINNEAPOLIS – The Orioles have some major league-quality starters at Norfolk, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Jair Jurrjens and Josh Stinson have all started in the majors. Soon, Tsuyoshi Wada may be joining them for a rehab start.
On Friday, the Japanese left-hander threw seven hitless innings at extended spring training, striking out 10. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit two batters.
Manager Buck Showalter said Wada, who underwent Tommy John surgery one year ago Saturday, is eager to get going on a long awaited minor league rehab assignment.
He’ll take five days off, and then next Thursday is scheduled for a start. Both Norfolk and Bowie are at home.
“He’s got to be pretty excited to get out of Sarasota,” Showalter said.
The Orioles can send Wada on a 30-day rehab assignment. He’s eligible to make his debut on May 30.
NOTES: Adam Jones had X-rays on his right foot on Thursday night after he fouled a ball of it. He was in the lineup. Nick Markakis was the designated hitter. Showalter doesn’t like to DH Jones because his hyperactivity in the dugout annoys him.