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[11/3/2013] Tsuyoshi Wada, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Nov.03, 2013 @ 5:25 pm, under MLB

The latest on Tsuyoshi Wada.

From the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina:

As expected, the Orioles have declined left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada's $5-million option for next season, the club announced on Saturday evening.

... Wada, 32, returned from the surgery in June and was then optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he struggled to find consistency until the Orioles decided to give him an extra day of rest between starts. It was then when Wada began showing some of the promise the Orioles saw when they signed him out of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

... Still, the Orioles saw enough from Wada that they would be interested in signing him to a minor league deal to keep him in the system.

[Baltimore Sun 11/2/2013]

From NBC Sports' Drew Silva:

... Wada posted a 1.51 ERA and 168/40 K/BB ratio across 184 2/3 innings in 2011 for Japan's Softbank Hawks and a 1.43 ERA over his final six starts this year at Norfolk. He's not going to get much guaranteed money, but the 32-year-old southpaw should generate interest this winter from multiple major league clubs.

[NBC Sports 11/2/2013]

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Kyuji Fujikawa is rehabbing his right elbow in Mesa, Arizona.  He threw fifty baseballs at a distance of about twenty-five meters on the 1st (US time).  He spoke to reporters and said, "I want to start ramping up my workouts, but it is going to take some time. ... There are a lot of downsides, but in thinking about my future, I think it was good that I can to America."

[Daily Sports 11/3/2013]