Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 day ago

Wada gave up just one run on four hits across 5.1 innings in Monday's loss to Washington.

Wada pitched very well on Monday but earned the no decision as the Cubs offense struggled to score. He walked two batters and struck out six across 5.1 innings to bring his ERA to 2.70. Wada has been solid up to this point, and once the Cubs offense gets behind him, he could be tough to beat.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 7 days ago

Wada struck out nine in 4.2 innings in his season debut, giving up two runs, four hits and a walk Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain and made six rehab starts before starting in his first game of the season Wednesday. He impressed, striking out seven of the first nine Padres batters he faced. His only mistake was allowing a two-run homer to Justin Upton to straightaway center field to give the Padres a 2-1 lead with two outs in the fourth. Wada ran into more trouble in the fifth and left the game with two on and two outs, leaving him with a no-decision. He'll look to last longer in his next outing Monday against the Nationals.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 week ago

Wada (groin) was activated from the 15-day DL on Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The Cubs went ahead and activated Wada on Tuesday in anticipation of his 2015 debut Wednesday against San Diego. Wada, who posted a 2.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 29:10 K:BB in six rehab starts with Triple-A Iowa, will get a chance to hold down a rotation spot with Travis Wood moved to the bullpen.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 week ago

Wada (groin) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday and receive the start that day against the Padres, Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Wada will take over the rotation spot of Travis Wood, who was banished to the bullpen over the weekend. A groin injury in spring training took Wada out of the running for a starting job with the big club, but he's been excellent across six rehab starts at Triple-A Iowa, generating 29 strikeouts and a 2.86 ERA over 34.2 innings. The lefty found some success with the Cubs in the second half of 2014, and should be squarely on the radar in NL-only and deeper formats.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wada (groin) struck out six and walked none in seven innings for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

Wada gave up just four hits and one run in the effort and looks like he's finally ready to return to the bigs, as he gave up two runs or fewer in five of his six rehab starts. There may not be a spot for him in the rotation, as even the Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood have been serviceable.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wada (groin) will make another rehab start Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Wada built his pitch count up to 91 in his last outing with Triple-A Iowa, tossing 5.2 innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA with the affiliate to 3.25. The Cubs will leave Wada down for another rehab start, but they will have to activate him shortly thereafter as his 30-day window to rehab will be up before he can toe the rubber again. Wada could take on a long role out of the bullpen upon activation, though it's possible he could be optioned to serve as rotation insurance.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Wada (groin) gave up four hits and one run in 5.2 innings for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, his second consecutive strong start.

The Cubs don't seem to be in any hurry to activate Wada, who has no made five starts for Triple-A Iowa. His overall numbers are nothing special - 27.2 innings, 3.25 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 23:10 K:BB ratio - but given the current struggles of the Cubs' bullpen, it would not be surprising to see Wada activated in the next week.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 month ago

Wada (groin) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Wada is in the midst of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, making three starts over which he's allowed nine earned runs with 12 strikeouts in 15 innings. The lefty appears to be progressing well and should be in line to get activated off the disabled list in early May.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 month ago

Wada (groin) tossed 89 pitches over 5.1 innings in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.

Wednesday's game was Wada's second rehab start, and the 89 pitches indicate he is close to being ready for a full workload, if he is not already. Wada could be activated from the disabled list before April is over, but even if he is not, he should be back at 100 percent sometime in early May.

Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 1 month ago

Wada (groin) threw a five-inning outing at extended spring training Sunday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Wada tossed 72 pitches in the outing, a heavy workload that suggests a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa is on the horizon. With the Cubs boasting a healthy rotation at present, Wada may be forced to remain with Iowa once he's formally activated from the disabled list.