BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will fly to Los Angeles on Sunday for a second opinion on his ailing left elbow and says ligament reconstruction is likely if surgery is recommended.

“If it’s going to be surgery, it’s probably going to be Tommy John,” Wada said Thursday through interpreter Seob Yoon.

The Japanese pitcher was previously diagnosed with ligament damage after a magnetic resonance angiogram. But the 31-year-old wants to consult with orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum before returning to Baltimore to consider his options with Orioles officials.

Wada, who signed an $8.15 million, two-year contract in December, experienced discomfort in his throwing elbow during spring training and was placed on the disabled list before the season.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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