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Wada's recovery impresses Showalter

Fort Myers, Fla. -- Tsuyoshi Wada threw a bullpen session on Saturday, leaving Orioles manager Buck Showalter really encouraged with the progress of the southpaw's rehab from an elbow injury.

"He's throwing the ball, fastball and changeup, and that's pretty fun to watch him throw because it just reminds me of what he can be for us," Showalter said of Wada, who was signed last winter and has yet to throw a pitch for the Orioles. "He's got a chance to be pretty good. If we get him back in May, it bodes well. I'm excited about where he is."

Wada also threw on Friday, mainly working on his mechanics from the half-mound, and he remains on track to return as early as May. If he continues on that schedule, the question is whether the Orioles choose to put him on the 60-day disabled list -- opening up a spot on the 40-man roster -- to start the season, which would keep him sidelined until the end of May.

"If we needed that spot, we'd do it," Showalter said. "It's also kind of good in a way that he doesn't get any false hopes, because we're not going to pitch him [in a Grapefruit League game] before the season. If we need that spot, he is still a candidate.

Hopefully we don't need the spot. It wouldn't be the worst thing to have him kind of get that out of his head. All you have got to do is walk past him and see his face and you can tell how he feels."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for
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