SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tsuyoshi Wada threw a 33-pitch simulated game on Wednesday morning, and the lefty happily reported afterward, through his interpreter, that "first and foremost, nothing hurt."
Wada, who had been slowed this spring by left elbow inflammation, had no problems on one of the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium, and pitching coach Rick Adair noted that the "ball was jumping out of his hand."
"The action on his two-seamer was great," Adair said. "It located down much better than anticipated. His changeup was above average. His curveball still has a ways to go. His slider is getting close. He's healthy."
Wada will be reevaluated on Thursday morning and the team will then decide whether he will pitch Sunday or Monday. With about three weeks left of camp, Adair said it remains a "possibility" that Wada will be ready and able to compete for a spot in the Opening Day rotation.
"I really don't know about that for sure, but that's what I'm shooting for," Wada said. "I'm going to do everything I can to get one of those spots."