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O's shut down Wada, schedule elbow exam

O's shut down Wada, schedule elbow exam

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O's shut down Wada, schedule elbow exam
ANAHEIM -- Orioles left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada has been shut down -- stopping his rehab assignment -- and the plan is for him to fly to Baltimore to see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens for lingering left elbow soreness.

Wada will get a magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) on Tuesday, a test that is similar to an MRI but involves injecting dye into the area for a better picture, and there is no timetable for him to resume a throwing program.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wada reported feeling discomfort in a different area of his elbow, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the best course of action is having the 31-year-old see Wilckens.

"That's why we are having him go through the doctor," said Duquette, who watched Wada's rehab start Thursday and was with the team in Anaheim on Saturday. "The doctor will be able to pinpoint what the issue is, hopefully."

Duquette confirmed that Wada was hampered with the issue during Thursday's start for Triple-A Norfolk, and the lefty also apparently had a neck spasm that he didn't make the team aware of until after the game. Wada struggled in his first rehab outing, allowing six earned runs over 2 2/3 innings, and Duquette said the neck issue was a muscle strain that was related to his elbow injury.

"The way these things work, everything is interconnected," Duquette said. "So if you have an issue somewhere, you have to make an [adjustment] somewhere else."

Saturday's news means that if there is in fact a different injury, Wada's rehab assignment could restart when he goes back out, giving the team another 30 days to work with. If there is no new injury, Wada's current 30-day rehab period still holds, and the Orioles would have to convince Major League Baseball to restart the clock to give them another 30 days.

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