Orioles' Wada may be facing surgery

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeApril 25, 2012


Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada has an injury to his left elbow and could be facing surgery.
There was no specific terminology given to the injury, which Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter deemed "a problem" following Tuesday's 2-1 win over Toronto.
Showalter stopped short of calling it a tear, but the issue is with the ligament in his
pitching elbow. It's an injury, Showalter said, that didn't appear in his initial physical
exam in the winter.
Wada, 31, signed a two-year, $8 million contract in the winter, and was expected to vie
for a spot in the back end of the rotation or as a long reliever.
Instead, he's facing the prospect of a season-ending injury before his season even
began.
Regardless of the extent of the injury and the resulting action -- be it rest, rehab or
surgery -- the Orioles can write off Wada for at least the first half of the 2012 season.
Even if healthy, there's no assurance Wada would be in the rotation at this point in
the season. However, he did provide insurance behind unproven fellow lefties Brian Matusz
and Wei-Yin Chen.