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18 Tsuyoshi Wada SP
Height/Weight: 5-11/180 | Birthdate: 2/21/1981 | Birthplace: Izumo, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 37/21 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada strikes out six in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in Chicago's 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday, but did not factor into a decision.

Wada made just one glaring mistake in his start, allowing a leadoff home run to Denard Span in the first inning. After that, Wada settled down and recorded six strikeouts with just two walks in his outing.

"I liked the way it set up for us a lot," manager Joe Maddon said per MLB.com. "I wanted him to pitch to the lefty one more time, which was Harper. I really liked how we had it stacked after that. One pitch, and that's how this game is played sometimes. Our bullpen was outstanding again, too."

Wada, who remains 0-0, moved his ERA to 2.70 in 10 innings of work. He will look to pick up his first win of the year on Sunday against the Royals.


Cubs' Tsuyoshi Wada strikes out nine in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada set a career-high with nine strikeouts in his season debut Wednesday but didn't factor into the decision in his team's 3-2 win over the Padres.

Wada was brilliant at the outset of Wednesday's start, striking out the side in the first and third innings while facing the minimum. He surrenderd a two-run homer in the fourth and was pulled with two outs and two on the fifth having thrown 69 pitches.

"He'd done his job," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "I'm more about the Cubs winning as opposed to any particular pitcher winning. You can let him go for one more third of an inning, maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. I thought it was a great game for him to build off of."

Wada finished the day with two earned runs scored on four hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Nationals on Monday.


Cubs' Tsuyoshi Wada activated from DL, likely to start Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) The Cubs have activated left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list, according to MLB.com. Wada had been on the DL all season with a groin injury. 

Wada will replace Travis Wood in the rotation, who is being moved to the bullpen. Wada is expected to make season-debut and start on Wednesday against the Padres.

He was 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2014. 


Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to start Wednesday for Travis Wood


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will replace Travis Wood in the starting rotation on Wednesday against the Padres, manager Joe Maddon said per the Chicago Tribune.

Wood was moved to the bullpen on Saturday, earning his first career save in the game. Wada will join Chicago after his rehab stint this week.

"I have a lot of faith in this guy coming out of the pen," Maddon said of Wood. "He has had some really good games this year and really good moments in other ones. Just go out there and be aggressive, assertive and let it go for an inning or two. I think when he does that, he can be really good.

"We also talked to him about the potential of becoming a starter again at some point. But right now we are looking at it this way."

Wada posted a 4-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 69 1/3 innings of work in 2014.


Cubs P Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) to make next Triple-A start on Thursday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to make his next Triple-A rehab start on Thursday, reports MLB.

Wada, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, has been out all season with a groin injury.

In five starts this season in Triple-A, Wada is 0-3 with a 3.25 ERA.

In his rookie year for the Cubs in 2014, the left hander went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts.

Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allows two runs in rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allowed two run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in his second rehab start for Triple-A Iowa, according to MLB.com.

Wada, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, added five strikeouts and four walks on 89 pitches. He is eligible to return to the team when the Cubs deem him ready.


P Tsuyoshi Wada has rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will start Friday night for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as part of a rehab assignment, the minor league affiliate announced according to the Des Moines Register.  

Wada began the year on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. 


Cubs place Beeler, Turner, Wada, Denorfia on 15-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Cubs placed outfielder Chris Denorfia (hamstring) and pitchers Dallas Beeler (shoulder), Jacob Turner (shoulder) and Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. All four moves are retroactive to March 27.

Tsuyoshi Wada to throw simulated game for Cubs on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada will throw a simulated game on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

Wada has been out for more than two weeks with groin and leg problems. 


Report: Cubs' Tsuyoshi Wada suffers groin injury during start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada left his start on Friday after just two-thirds of an inning. 

Wada faced four batters, allowing a walk and a home run to Yan Gomes. 

MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reported that Wada left the game with a sore groin. The injury is being evaluated. 


Cubs' Tsuyoshi Wada dealing with leg discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is dealing with some discomfort in his leg, MLB.com reports.

The issue is unrelated to the tight hamstring Wada suffered earlier in camp. He's one of five players vying for the final spot in the team's rotation. He's pitched in one game this spring, giving up one hit in one scoreless inning.


Jackson, Wood among five vying for final spot in Cubs' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) With Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicating Monday that Kyle Hendricks has a spot in the rotation locked up behind Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, that leaves Travis Wood, Edwin JacksonFelix Doubront, Jacob Turner and Tsuyoshi Wada vying for the final spot in the team's rotation.

“Everybody understands what’s going on here. There are no dummies," Maddon said, per MLB.com. “The line I like is that, I’m not going to lie to you. If I tell you the truth, you might be upset with me for about a week or two but then you’re going to be OK. But if I lie to you, you’re going to hate me forever.

“They’re very competitive and the fact we have a lot of folks for some really narrow choices, it’s going to be an interesting spring. I know that competition normally brings out the best in everyone.”


Maddon: Cubs' Wada looks 'very, very healthy' Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (hamstring) threw a live batting practice session Saturday with no issues, MLB.com reports.

"I thought he threw the ball really well," manager Joe Maddon said. "I did not see any kind of restriction. He looked very, very healthy. The ball had a lot of movement on it. He looked good for his first time out after having been restricted because of his leg."

Wada had been dealing with a tight left hamstring that caused him to miss a pitching session last weekend. He went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 57:19 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings in his first season with the Cubs last year.


Cubs P Tsuyoshi Wada has hamstring tightness


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada missed his scheduled pitching session Sunday due to hamstring tightness, according to MLB.com

It doesn't appear to be a serious injury.

In 2014, Wada started 13 games for the Cubs and went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA.  


Cubs re-sign pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada


(11/3/2014) The Cubs bolstered their rotation by agreeing to terms Monday with pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada for the 2015 season, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com.

During his first MLB season in 2014, Wada started 13 games for the Cubs. He went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA.   


Cubs set final rotation plans, send Edwin Jackson to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Cubs announced the probable starters for the final series of the season Tuesday, tabbing Eric Jokisch to face the Brewers Friday, Tsuyoshi Wada to take the mound Saturday and Kyle Hendricks to pitch the season's final game Sunday.

With the news, Edwin Jackson has been moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.


Tsuyoshi Wada works through sore hammy in final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada worked through a sore hamstring in a no-decision Thursday night at home against the Dodgers, per ESPN Chicago. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings of an 8-4 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 18 2/3 innings, Wada has allowed 10 earned runs. He confirmed after the game that this was his final start of the season. He finishes his first big-league season 4-3 with a 3.22 ERA over 12 starts.

Tsuyoshi Wada can't go five innings Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada couldn’t make it five innings Friday against the Pirates.

Wada allowed four runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two during the outing. Wada tossed a scoreless inning to begin the game, but couldn’t keep the Pirates off the board over the next couple of innings. He gave up a run in each of his next four innings. Three of those runs scored on singles. The fourth came after Wada left the game. He was pulled after giving up a triple. That run would score on a sac fly, and be charged to Wada.

With the loss, Wada dropped to 4-3. He’ll take on the Dodgers in his next start.


Tsuyoshi Wada set to start Friday against Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) As expected, Cubs impressive left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is ready to roll into his Friday night start at Pittsburgh. He had been considered a bit of a question mark with a calf injury that forced him out of his previous outing.

Wada had yielded just 11 earned runs in 42 2/3 innings before his abbreviated start. He is 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA on the year.


Tsuyoshi Wada not expected to miss start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is not expected to miss his next scheduled start Sept. 12 after coming out of Friday's game with a calf injury, MLB.com reports.

Wada pitched just 3 1/3 innings Friday before suffering cramping in his calf. He owns a 2.95 ERA and 46:15 K:BB ratio in 55 innings.


Calf injury leaves Tsuyoshi Wada with no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada lasted just 3 1/3 innings in Friday's start against the Pirates before he had to depart due to a calf injury.

Wada left after 72 pitches, due to cramping in his left calf. The injury does not appear serious at this time, but it did leave him with a line of three runs allowed on three hits, with one walk and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision.

It is not clear at this point if Wada will be expected to miss his next start, which is set for next Friday in Pittsburgh. Wada has a 2.95 ERA and 4-2 record in 55 innings this season. 


Calf ailment causes Tsuyoshi Wada departure


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Mild left calf cramping forced Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada out of the Friday game against Pittsburgh.

Wada was taken out in the fourth inning.


Tsuyoshi Wada taken out of Friday game with injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Promising left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was removed in the fourth inning of the Friday afternoon game by the Cubs against the Pirates with an undisclosed injury.

Wada had given up a walk and RBI double that tied the game before a visit by the trainer prompted his departure.


Tsuyoshi Wada suffers second loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada took the loss Saturday night against the Cardinals in Game 2 of a doubleheader, dropping to 4-2 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings of a 13-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 17 1/3 innings, Wada has allowed four earned runs. He owns a 2.79 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over nine starts (51 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against Pittsburgh.

Tsuyoshi Wada not getting enough respect


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) I've discussed previously why Tsuyoshi Wada has flown under the radar for so long. He was older and less hyped than Wei-Yin Chen when the Orioles signed both prior to 2012, and then he needed Tommy John surgery right away.

But now that he's done what he's done for a solid eight starts (or seven, anyway -- one of the earliest wasn't so great), he needs to be front and center.

Is he must-start or even must-own? No, but 50 percent ownership is Justin Masterson territory. Wada is owned in fewer leagues than Taijuan Walker, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July 23 and may not get another start this season.

And that's coming off a no-hit bid against the Orioles last time out.

I don't even want to use the limited strikeout potential as an excuse anymore because he's averaging 8.3 per nine innings in his last six starts. Alongside 1.5 walks per nine during that same stretch, the Hisashi Iwakuma comparisons gain traction.

Where Wada falls short is innings. He's only gone seven once, which further limits his wins potential. But as efficient as he is, that could change in the weeks ahead, and even if it doesn't, is he really less reliable than someone like Tim Hudson, who's still owned in 87 percent of leagues?