Wada's minor league struggles continue

Wada's minor league struggles continue
June 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
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BALTIMORE – Two weeks from now, the Orioles will make a decision on Tsuyoshi Wada, and his rehab starts at Norfolk aren’t making the decision a pleasant one.

In his fourth start, on Friday night, Wada allowed six runs, four of them earned on six hits in 4 2/3 innings against Buffalo. He walked two and didn’t strike out a batter.

“Wada was so-so,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He wasn’t able to take it to the next level,”

Showalter spoke with Norfolk manager Ron Johnson about the start. He said that Johnson and Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin liked his previous start.

In four rehab outings, Wada is 0-3 with a 6.11 ERA. He’s allowed 21 hits in 17 2/3 innings. He’s struck out 10 and walked 12.

On May 11, 2012, the lefthander underwent Tommy John surgery.

“There’s some unknown,” Showalter said. “Is he going to get back to that caliber? It’s not a pure velocity thing, so he’ll get the ball again in four days.”

NOTES: Wei-Yin Chen reported no pain in his rehab from a strained right oblique muscle in Sarasota, Fla. He’ll begin jogging in the rehab pool on Saturday.

-First base coach Wayne Kirby will miss next Friday’s game at Tampa Bay for the graduation of one of his children.