This past December, the Baltimore Orioles signed Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to a two year contract worth more than $8 million. Wada, and his high strike out/low walk rates in Japan represented an intelligent risk for a franchise that had an off season full of missteps.
However, as we’ve learned over the last few years, the Baltimore Orioles tend to legitimize Murphy’s Law on a frequent basis.
Shortly after Wada’s arrival at camp he began experiencing pain in his elbow and had to be placed on the Disabled List to begin the season. Since then, he’s made exactly one rehab start, facing 18 batters over two and two third innings for Triple A Norfolk while giving up six hits, four walks, and six earned runs.
Something wasn’t right for the diminutive left hander.
So, after being diagnosed with ligament damage following a magnetic resonance angiogram, the 31 year old received a second opinion from orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed tests on Wada before he signed with Baltimore. Once again, the results weren’t good, and so Wada will require Tommy John surgery, ending the rest of his season and putting to bed a good chunk of his 2013.
This is the typical cycle of emotions I feel for the Baltimore Orioles: