Orioles have made official what we all expected for more than a week now. Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will have season-ending, Tommy John surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles.
“I am very disappointed," Wada said. "I will work hard for the rehab and try to recover to be as strong as I can to help the team win. I appreciate the support from the Orioles through this process.”
Dr. Lewis Yocum, who took bone spurs out of the Japanese lefty’s elbow in 2007, will perform the surgery.
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The slight tear was discovered last week – after Wada complained of elbow pain following his lone Triple-A performance. Yocum offered a second opinion this week and recommended surgery Tuesday.
Signed to a two-year, $8.14 million deal in December, the 31-year-old Wada threw just two big-league spring training games. At the time, he was limited to elbow soreness that was considered unrelated to the recently discovered tear.
Wada will be sidelined roughly a year.