Tsuyoshi Wada is broken.
Well, that’s what it sounds like, anyway. He’s apparently dealing with some elbow discomfort, which doesn’t sound too pleasant.
Here’s the latest, thanks to Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk:
One wonders if the Orioles may have found the new Koji Uehara when they signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million contract in December.
Uehara was signed as a starter, only to end up in the bullpen late due to durability concerns. Wada could follow the same path after being shut down indefinitely Sunday because of elbow discomfort.
While X-rays were negative, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun that Wada had fluid drained from the elbow to help with the swelling and also received a cortisone injection.
The 31-year-old Wada was expected to compete for a spot in the Baltimore rotation, but many had already penciled him into the pen because he has some history in relief. The current plan is for him to take three days off and then be reevaulated.
“As for me and how I feel, I feel like I could throw [Monday],” Wada said. “But we’ll see what happens.”
Fluid drained from the elbow? That really doesn’t sound like a good thing, to be honest. That actually sounds like a really bad thing. Three days off…I just have a feeling that those three days are going to become more than three days. This is, of course, the perfect start to Wada’s Orioles career, because he’s starting it off by showing off his skills in landing on the DL. That, if anything, tells me he’s the perfect fit for this team.
Kudos to you, Wada, for showing your stuff and having inflammation in your elbow. Now I’m absolutely positive you were meant to be an Oriole after all. You’re hurt already and there hasn’t even been any pitching to do yet.
You’re officially on our team.
(I was at a manga convention this weekend, so the next Draw Your Orioles! post will come this week. I’m aiming for tomorrow. Originally, it was going to be the Oriole Bird, but now I’m sorely tempted to teach you all how to draw Tsuyoshi Wada in a sling.)