BALTIMORE -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, sidelined with left elbow discomfort, threw six innings in an extended spring game on Monday, tossing 88 pitches in an outing that went well, according to Buck Showalter. The O's manager said Wada got better as he went along and was particularly sharp in the sixth in a start against the Twins.
Wada will pitch again on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla., and if all goes well, he'll pitch in a rehab game for one of the Orioles' affiliates on April 19. Showalter reiterated on Monday that Wada will get at least two more starts before being activated from the disabled list, so April 24 would be the earliest conceivable date he could return.
Fellow starter Zach Britton, out with a left shoulder impingement, will pick up a baseball on Thursday for the first time since undergoing a platelet-rich plasma treatment last month. Britton has been doing shoulder rehab work down in extended spring camp, and the plan is for him to play light catch and take it from there.
There remains no timetable on Britton's return at this point, and Showalter said the team will have a better idea after he plays catch a few times.
"He's got to jump through some hoops to get there, but I'm hoping by the first part of May we are getting some definitive idea about when [he could return]," Showalter said. "The next couple of weeks will be key, provided this is where he goes when he's ready."