CHICAGO -- Orioles starter Tsuyoshi Wada struggled in his first rehab start, lasting 2 2/3 innings in Thursday afternoon's outing for Triple-A Norfolk, making it a strong possibility that he will get at least one more rehab start.
Wada, who started the season on the disabled list with left elbow discomfort, made two appearances in extended Spring Training before traveling to Gwinnett, Ga., for what the Orioles hoped to be a 100-pitch outing with Triple-A Norfolk. But Wada allowed three runs in the first inning and following a 1-2-3 second, couldn't make it out of the third, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks.
Wada also struck out one in the start, which was attended by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who signed the 31-year-old lefty to a two-year guaranteed deal out of Japan this winter.
"We were talking to his interpreter and agent, and they are aware that he wasn't ready physically [to end spring] and everybody wants him to start right," manager Buck Showalter said. "If [his time in the Minors on rehab] has to be extended, I think we're comfortable doing that."