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Tsuyoshi Wada | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/21/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.
Wada landed on the disabled list toward the end of June due to a shoulder issue and has been pitching in the minors since. The southpaw owns a 3.73 ERA and 31/11 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings with the Cubs this season and will likely pitch in a long relief role. Sep 1 - 10:34 AM

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Cubs activated LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Wada is recovered from the shoulder problems he began experiencing in late June, but there's no longer a spot for him in the Cubs' starting rotation. The 34-year-old left-hander owns a cool 3.73 ERA, 1.277 WHIP, and 31/11 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings (seven starts) this season with Chicago. He should get another look if there's an injury on the north side.
Aug 4 - 4:40 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) gave up four runs over four innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Tennessee.

Wada, out since June 22 with inflammation in his left deltoid muscle, allowed eight hits (including two home runs) while striking out five. It's unclear what the next step will be. Clayton Richard is currently serving as the Cubs' fifth starter.
Jul 7 - 11:28 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Monday.

Wada is just two weeks removed from his last start, so he might need just the one rehab outing before being activated. Clayton Richard is currently filling in as the Cubs' fifth starter.
Jul 5 - 11:16 AM

Cubs placed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with left deltoid inflammation.

Wada exited Monday's start due to a cramping issue and didn't recover in time to make his scheduled start on Saturday. Donn Roach filled in for Saturday's start and could get another trip through the Cubs rotation with Wada on the shelf.
Jun 28 - 5:32 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) will not make his scheduled start on Saturday versus the Cardinals.

Wada exited Monday's start with cramping in his left deltoid. He played catch Friday and the hope is that he'll miss just the one turn, but the Cubs will wait to see how he feels Saturday. Donn Roach is filling in against the Cards.
Jun 26 - 5:02 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) played catch on Friday.

Wada had to leave Monday's start with cramping in his left deltoid. The Cubs haven't ruled him out to start on Saturday, but no announcement has been made yet. More should be known later Friday.
Jun 26 - 4:50 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) said Wednesday he's feeling better but still has some soreness.

The question is whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled start Saturday after leaving Monday's start with cramping in his left deltoid. Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't ready to commit to it, but the odds remain on Wada being able to go. If not, a pitcher would likely be recalled from Triple-A Iowa for a spot start against the Cardinals.
Jun 24 - 6:08 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) expects to make his next start.

Wada had to leave Monday's outing with cramping in his left deltoid, but he expects to be fine. Check back later in the week to see how the lefty fares in his normal between-starts bullpen session.
Jun 22 - 11:47 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada had to exit Monday's start against the Dodgers with cramping in his left deltoid muscle.

In other words, he has a shoulder cramp. Wada will be re-evaluated on Tuesday before the Cubs know more about his status for his next start. He allowed one run over two-plus innings before exiting.
Jun 22 - 9:33 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada left Monday's start against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

Wada was perfect through the first two innings, but he allowed a home run and then a single to start off the third before heading to the clubhouse with an injury. The Cubs will have more on his status shortly.
Jun 22 - 8:46 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada shut out the Indians for seven innings Wednesday in his best start to date.

Wada was fortunate to keep his rotation spot after struggling his last two times out. This is the first time in six outings that he's lasted six innings, though he does have a solid enough 3.68 ERA. Jacob Turner could still be a threat to overtake Wada in a couple of weeks.
Jun 17 - 10:28 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is committed to keeping Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation despite the pitcher's struggles.

When asked about the possibility of replacing Wada in the rotation, Maddon said that he's "not even thinking about that right now." He plans on talking with Wada on Friday about the 34-year-old southpaw's mental approach. The manager said that Wada needs to "...believe in what [he's] doing" and that the pitcher needs to trust his stuff. This season, Wada holds a 4.19 ERA over four starts (19 innings) with a 1.345 WHIP. He lasted just three-plus innings in his last start.
Jun 12 - 10:19 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed three runs in three-plus innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Reds.

Wada gave up a two-run triple to opposing pitcher Michael Lorenzen in the second (though Lorenzen is no ordinary pitcher) and then a homer to Chris Dominguez to start the fourth. That was it for him. It was a weak outing against a largely unimpressive lineup on the heels of a poor start against the Nats. It's unclear whether he'll get to start again. Perhaps Travis Wood, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief tonight, could reclaim his rotation spot.
Jun 11 - 11:47 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering five runs on nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings.

Wada walked a pair and struck out two on the night. Many pundits believed that the left-hander was in line for some regression after his first three starts, and the correction came on Friday. Facing the same team for the second time in a manner of weeks can be a difficult assignment, and the Nationals bats were certainly not fooled in this one. He'll look to bounce back on Thursday when he takes on the Reds.
Jun 5 - 10:08 PM

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1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
3Quintin Berry
CF1Dexter Fowler
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RF1Jorge Soler
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2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7Trevor Cahill
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Tsuyoshi Wada
11Neil Ramirez