Initial tests showed ligament damage in Tsuyoshi Wada’s sore elbow and the Orioles left-hander will get a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Yocum actually performed Wada’s pre-signing physical exam and gave him a clean enough bill of health that the Orioles inked the Japanese veteran to a two-year, $8.15 million contract.
However, he was shut down in late February and has been limited since then, with manager Buck Showalter indicating to Jeff Seidel of MLB.com that the Orioles fear he’ll need surgery.
Wada had a remarkable 1.51 ERA and 168/40 K/BB ratio in 185 innings last season in Japan, but projected as merely a back-of-the-rotation starter with mediocre raw stuff in the majors.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.