If there is one thing the Baltimore Orioles can say that many teams around the league can't, its that they have a stock pile of pitching talent from which to select their starting rotation and bullpen for this upcoming season and come late May or early June, they will have one more to throw into the mix in Tsuyoshi Wada.
For the first time since April 19 of last year, Wada threw off of a regular pitcher's mound yesterday when he threw a bullpen. Wada had thrown off of a half-mound three times last week and finally "graduated" to the full mound yesterday. The Orioles and Wada will wait to see how he feels before deciding whether or not he will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.
He did look good in the bullpen yesterday, but not throwing near 100% effort as this was just getting him back to pitching from the full mound and working on the mechanics of the delivery.
Wada, who was signed to a two year deal with an option for a third during last offseason, underwent Tommy John surgery in May of last season and has yet to throw a pitch in a game for the Orioles. As aforementioned, if all goes well with his rehab and has no setbacks, he could be ready for game action in late May or early June, but Baltimore will not rush him back with the massive depth they have right now.
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