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Orioles' Wada may be facing surgery

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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.
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