Wada decides to have Tommy John surgery

Wada decides to have Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who had an MRI exam and a CT scan on his left elbow during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum, has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. The procedure will be performed May 11 in Los Angeles by Yocum.

"I am very disappointed," Wada said. "I will work hard for the rehab and try to recover to be as strong as I can to help the team win. I appreciate the support from the Orioles through this process."

O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Tuesday that Yocum's findings were the same as in Wada's initial appointment with the team's doctors and the lefty can either undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament or opt for rest and rehab.

Wada chose the former.

Wada wanted to seek a second opinion with Yocum because he has a previous history with the renowned surgeon, who performed Wada's physical before he signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with Baltimore this past offseason.

Wada, who had not appeared in a game after being placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort this spring, will miss the rest of the season. The 31-year-old had progressed well enough in extended spring camp to be sent out on a rehab assignment, but he complained later of elbow discomfort and was again shut down, leading to the latest development.