Tsuyoshi Wada has allowed an unearned run and one hit in three innings today in his initial injury-rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s walked one, struck out four and thrown a wild pitch.
Wada threw 27 pitches in the first inning, 17 in the second and 14 in the third to leave his count at 58, including 33 strikes.
The run is unearned because of an error on shortstop Zelous Wheeler, who was promoted from Double-A Bowie earlier in the day.
The Orioles most likely will keep Wada on his rehab assignment for the full 30 days. He can’t be optioned to the minors without his consent.
Travis Ishikawa continues to swing a hot bat. He’s homered twice today.
Ishikawa has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games, going 30-for-72 (.417) with five homers, 24 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Danny Valencia also is on a roll, hitting his fourth homer in three days to raise his season total to 11. And Buck Britton celebrated his 27th birthday with a solo shot, as the Tides have taken a 6-1 lead over Lehigh Valley.
Valencia is making his first professional appearance in the outfield, starting in right today.
Earlier today, the Tides placed outfielder Jason Pridie on the seven-day disabled list with a strained groin.
Update: Wada served up home runs to Cody Overbeck and Humberto Quintero in the fourth inning. He’s at 78 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Wada has allowed four runs (three earned) and three hits, with two walks, five strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Update II: Wada is done after four innings, so the above line is complete.
The results aren’t overly important on this date. The key is how his surgically repaired left elbow responds after each start.
So far, so good.
Note: Infielder Jonathan Schoop was placed on the seven-day DL with a strained lower back. The move is retroactive to May 14.
Schoop is batting .268/.331/.386 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 34 games.