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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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Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) will make a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Wada is fighting his way back from a left groin injury sustained near the end of spring training. Once healthy, he could challenge Travis Wood for the final spot in the Cubs rotation or be utilized as a long reliever at the big league level. Apr 17 - 8:12 PM

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Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) threw 72 pitches over five innings in an extended spring training game Sunday.

It sounds like he'll be assigned to Triple-A Iowa soon. Wada will be in Iowa's rotation and represents depth in case Travis Wood stumbles or someone gets injured.
Apr 13 - 7:05 PM

Cubs placed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a left groin injury.

Wada wasn't going to make the Cubs' rotation anyway. He'll probably head to Triple-A when healthy.
Apr 5 - 3:35 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (leg) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Wada has been dealing with a sore left groin that forced him to leave Saturday's start. He has appeared in just two Cactus League contests thus far, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 1 2/3 innings of work. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cubs rotation.
Mar 28 - 10:54 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada exited Friday's game against the Indians with a sore left groin.

It's presumably the same ailment he first started feeling earlier this week. Wada will be re-evaluated before the next step with him is determined. He's competing for the No. 5 spot in the Cubs' rotation.
Mar 13 - 4:58 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada has some discomfort in his left leg.

And it's not related to the hamstring injury that bothered him earlier this spring. Wada's schedule of Cactus League starts may have to be altered, which could hurt his case for the Cubs' final rotation spot.
Mar 9 - 2:03 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (hamstring) will resume throwing bullpen sessions later this week.

Wada skipped a mound workout on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, but he did a bunch of on-field drills Monday in Cubs camp and reported feeling fine. The injury is obviously mild. Wada is trying to secure a spot in Chicago's Opening Day starting rotation this spring after posting an impressive 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio across his first 69 1/3 major league innings last year.
Feb 23 - 2:32 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada didn't throw as scheduled on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.

It doesn't sound like anything to worry about. Wada was re-signed by the Cubs to a $4 million contract back in November and enters 2015 likely as the team's "sixth" starter.
Feb 22 - 3:01 PM

Cubs re-signed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to a one-year, $4 million contract.

He'll have a chance to earn $2 million more in incentives. Wada impressed with the Cubs this season, putting up a 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio across 69 1/3 innings. It could depend on what else the Cubs do with their rotation this offseason, but right now the lefty should have a spot among the starting five.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada yielded two earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee rattled off eight hits against Wada, including a Carlos Gomez homer. Wada finishes the 2014 season with a 4-4 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old left-hander may get a crack at a spot in the 2015 rotation, depending on how aggressive the Cubs are in free agency.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 10:27:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:11:00 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada was chased after giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

Wada, who left his last start with left leg cramping, gave up nine hits and two walks before being pulled with out in the fifth inning. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly off Justin Grimm to close the book on the southpaw's night. Wada got off to strong start in the majors, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last three turns. It's tough to trust him in mixed leagues at this point.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:05:00 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada left Friday's game due to mild left camp cramping, the Cubs revealed.

That doesn't sound very significant, but given his history of arm woes, the Cubs certainly didn't want to see him trying to adjust his delivery to compensate for it. Consider him probable to make his next start.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada left Friday's game against the Pirates in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury.

It didn't appear to be arm related, so that's good news, at least. Wada gave up an unearned run in the first and one earned in the fourth before leaving with a man on second.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings as the Cubs dropped the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

It was the first time Wada had allowed more than two runs since July 23. Even with the rough outing Saturday night in St. Louis, he boasts a 2.79 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings this season. The left-hander will try to bounce back next week against the Pirates.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Brian Schlitter
9Zac Rosscup
10Gonzalez Germen