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Wada awaits spring training debut

Kyodo

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will make his spring debut on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Sun reported in its online edition Friday.

The 31-year-old former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks lefty has been sidelined from Grapefruit League action this spring due to elbow inflammation. Since receiving a cortisone shot and having fluid drained from his elbow in late February, Wada has made a gradual return to pitching.

Wada threw 33 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and tossed a light side session on Friday, without any reported elbow problems.