With new ailment, Wada could be pushed back

With new ailment, Wada could be pushed back

ANAHEIM -- Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow discomfort) was dealing with some neck stiffness before his rehab start on Thursday -- an issue the team was not aware of until after the game.

The 31-year-old Wada struggled mightily in Thursday's start for Triple-A Norfolk, lasting 2 2/3 innings against Gwinnett (Ga.) and giving up six runs on six hits and four walks. Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Friday and said what the team does with Wada will be determined based on how he feels in the next day or two.

Showalter said Wada is "definitely" going to get more rehab starts, even though he is eligible to be activated at any time. "Either that or they stop him to get this taken care of. Let's see how serious it is. Dan just mentioned it to me [on Friday] that he had an issue with that, that he told them about after the game."

Once a pitcher starts a rehab assignment -- which Wada did with his first outing Thursday -- they have a 30-day period in which to activate him unless there's a setback or another injury. In Wada's case, if his neck injury lingers and he's unable to make his next scheduled outing, the Orioles could send him back to extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., and rehab that injury before going back out on a new rehab assignment.

"He can start whenever, but the clock's ticking with the 30," Showalter said. "I'm sure if there's any doubt if he needs more time [he'd be reset]; it's something that should resolve [itself], from what I understand."