Wada pleased with 'smooth' bullpen session

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Wearing an Orioles' poncho, pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was feeling good about Wednesday afternoon's bullpen session, joking with reporters as he relayed through his interpreter that, without a crowd, he was able to relax.

"Compared to Monday, I didn't force it, I didn't force it as much," said Wada -- whose first bullpen attracted a throng of media and manager Buck Showalter -- through translator Seob Yoon. "It was more smooth. It felt good today."

Wada, who is rehabbing from May's Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, will throw another bullpen session on Saturday, and his next step could be pitching in a simulated game after that

"It's the first time I'm going through rehab like this," Wada said. "I haven't thrown a breaking ball yet, so I'm not sure when the sim game is going to be.

"My elbow and overall body-wise, conditioning-wise, I do feel stronger. As time goes by, I feel like I'm going to be able to swing my arms faster, too. Gradually it's going to get better day by day."