CHICAGO — The question whether left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was ready to join the Orioles following his rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk Thursday was answered quickly.
Wada, a former standout in the Japanese Pacific League who signed a two-year, $8.14 million deal this offseason, lasted just 2 2/3 innings Thursday in his start against the Gwinnett (Ga.) Braves, allowing six runs -- all earned -- on six hits with four walks and one strikeout.
Wada struggled through a 35-pitch first inning, allowing three runs on four hits in the opening frame. He left with the bases loaded in the third in an inning that began with a two-run homer by Gwinnett first baseman Ernesto Mejia.
Steve Johson walked in an inherited runner in relief of Wada.
Wada is making his first Triple-A rehab start. He opening the season on the disabled list and stayed at extended spring training to work on elevating his pitch count.
On Thursday, Wada threw 77 pitches and just 39 strikes