Rob Long: Setback For Wada

Some thought when Buck Showalter optioned both Kevin Gausman and Zack Britton, Tsuyoshi Wada would get strong consideration to make his Baltimore Oriole debut. Buck chose not to use this time for that which meant Wada would have to wait to join the club.

Well, today Tsuyoshi Wada suffered a setback as he struggled in his start against the Triple A Gwinnett Braves. Wada went five-plus innings giving up seven runs on 13 hits. In his four previous starts, Wada surrendered only six runs and 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with four walks, 20 strikeouts and one home run.

You kind of wonder if Wada may have been distracted by the news that his name was not called to join the Bigs. He was to be a major part of the Orioles staff until he suffered the partially torn ligament in his left elbow. The road back has been long but up until today, Wada has shown the patience and progress that it takes to get back.

With some question marks at the back end of the O’s rotation, a quality start Thursday would have put pressure on the Orioles brass to take a long look at Tsuyoshi. I’m not saying this start hurt Wada’s chances, but it doesn’t help them either.

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