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Tsuyoshi Wada struggles again in rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk

In his sixth rehabilitation start for Triple-A Norfolk, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and two walks at Indianapolis. Wada struck out two batters and allowed a grand slam to Brett Carroll in the first inning. He’s allowed at least three runs in five of his six rehab starts and has an 8.14 ERA with the Tides.

Wada, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May. He signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the Orioles before the 2012 season but has never thrown a pitch for the Orioles.

Wada’s 30-day rehab assignment is scheduled to end Saturday. The Orioles will likely activate him from the disabled list and option him to Norfolk, where he will continue his comeback attempt from surgery.

Going green

Outfielder Chris Dickerson, who jumpstarted environmental friendly initiatives in a previous major league stop with the Cincinnati Reds, teamed up with healthy living company Veritey to distribute 40 reusable 2.2-liter water bottles to his teammates and the Orioles coaching staff. Each bottle was labeled with the player’s name.

Dickerson said he did the same thing with the Reds, and he has done it with high schools and universities as well. He hopes the next step is to install a filling station in the clubhouse to increase the convenience of using the bottles.

“A lot of the guys are fired up,” Dickerson said. “This is all the water they’ll need for the day, and it’s portable. The guys that hunt are real fired up about it.”

Around the horn

Wednesday’s starter Jason Hammel is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Angels in his career. The lone win came at Los Angeles on May 5 when he allowed four runs over six innings in an 8-4 Orioles victory. … Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw long toss Tuesday and will throw from a half mound Thursday. … Infielder-designated hitter Wilson Betemit (right knee sprain) took ground balls Tuesday. … Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa was named the Topps Minor League Player of the Month for the International League. The 29-year-old batted .413 in 21 games with 24 RBIs and a .489 on-base percentage. … First baseman Chris Davis played in his 500th major league game Tuesday night. … Left-hander T.J. McFarland has worked two or more innings in 11 of his 14 appearances entering Tuesday’s game. Minnesota’s Anthony Swarzek and Adam Ottavino (12 each) are the only pitchers with more relief outings of two or more innings. … Right-hander Oliver Drake (Navy), who has been recovering from shoulder surgery in extended spring training, is expected to be activated this week for Double-A Bowie. He’s expected to pitch multiple innings as a reliever.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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