Wada will get up to 90 pitches in his second extended spring outing on Friday at Port Charlotte and -- assuming all goes well -- the plan is to send him out on a rehab assignment to throw with one of the team's affiliates on the 19th.
"He had between 13 and 15 innings, depending on how you look at it with the sim games coming out of camp, so this should get him back on equal ground with where some of the other guys have been stretched out," Showalter said. "He threw 35 to 40 pitches today in a side work. I talked to [pitching rehab coordinator] Chris Correnti, who is kind of handling it down there along with [director of pitching development] Rick Peterson. He said things went real well. Wada said it is probably the best he felt."
Wada, who was slowed in camp with an elbow issue he deals with every spring, is eligible to be activated on Thursday, but that won't happen given his current schedule. Showalter said the preference is to get Wada to 90-plus pitches twice, which should put him in his "comfort zone," and enable the team to use him as either a starter or reliever.
Asked how he envisioned using Wada, Showalter was noncommittal.
"We'll see," he said. "He's going to have the ability to do both by then. So, that's good for us."
That will depend on how well Wada is throwing, and on what the team's current starters are doing. The Orioles' Opening Day rotation was Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel and Brian Matusz.
"I really like what is going on with him down there," Showalter said of Wada, who was signed to a two-year deal out of Japan this offseason. "He looks like he is making good progress."