Wada, Tsuyoshi 和田 毅 (わだ・つよし)
Softbank Hawks | #21 | P
Born: 02/20/1981 (age 37)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Shimane
Draft: 2002, Jiyuu
History: 浜田高(甲)-早大-ダイエー-ソフトバンク-オリオールズ-カブス-3Aアイオワ
Roster Changes: added 03/28/2016, removed 07/08/2016, added 07/21/2016, removed 09/22/2016

[2/12/2018] Tsuyoshi Wada shut down with shoulder discomfort

Tsuyoshi Wada starting feeling discomfort in his left shoulder some time around February 7 or 9 (he canceled a bullpen session on February 7). He has not done much throwing since then and will be shut down for the rest of the third block of spring camp (the fourth block starts on February 15).

Source: Nikkan Sporrs 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018

[UPDATE 2/16 @ 1:20am]

Wada resumed throwing with a light game of catch on February 15. He told reporters the shoulder was feeling better and that he felt good about how things were progressing.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2018, Daily Sports 2/15/2018


Tsuyoshi Wada: Did You Know


August 27, 2017 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Wada recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his NPB career in the fourth inning (Tadahito Iguchi). He is the fifty-first player in NPB history to reach the 1,500 strikeout milestone.

Wada recorded his 1,500th strikeout in 1,624.2 innings. Only three pitchers have made it  1,500 strikeouts faster: Kazuhisa Ishii in 1,413.0 innings, Yutaka Enatsu in 1,423.0 innings, and Toshiya Sugiuchi in 1,423.1 innings.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2017, Sponichi 8/28/2017

Charitable Work

Wada has been supporting the Japan Committee Vaccines for the World’s Children since the 2005 season. The committee presented him with a letter of appreciation during a ceremony on February 20. He donated 52,220 vaccines last year.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2018


[5/22/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada has surgery to clean elbow

Tsuyoshi Wada had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa earlier today. He might need about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/22/2017, Daily Sports 5/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2017, Sponichi 5/22/2017

[UPDATE 5/31 @ 2:31am]

Wada’s stitches were removed on May 29. He began rehab workouts at the Chikugo facilities on May 30. His first day included some running and trunk strengthening exercises. Assuming no major setbacks, he could begin playing catch in about a month (late-June) and toss a bullpen session in roughly two months (late-July). Wada would like to be ready to return to the active roster in September or October.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2017Sports Hochi 5/30/2017, Sponichi 5/30/2017

[UPDATE 6/22 @ 9:35pm]

Wada started playing catch on June 22 (distance over ten meters). He hopes to be ready to toss first bullpen session in about a month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2017

[UPDATE 7/14 @ 9:25pm]

Wada started playing catch at a distance of about seven meters on July 13. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Kanagawa early next week. If everything checks out, he will toss a bullpen session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:15pm]

Wada resumed bullpen sessions on July 20. He threw eleven pitches to a standing catcher and fifteen to a squatting catcher. He threw nothing but fastballs. This was his first session in about two months.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2017

[UPDATE 7/27 @ 1:04am]

Wada threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen on July 25. He mixed in other pitches like curveballs, sliders, and change-ups. He was scheduled to throw thirty-five, but added two more because he was unhappy with his last few pitches.

Wada threw twenty-five pitches on July 23. He is slated to toss about forty-five pitches in front of Kimiyasu Kudo during Ichi-gun practices at YafuOku Dome on July 28. He is hoping to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun when he gets up to sixty to seventy pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2017

[UPDATE 7/29 @ 11:47am]

Wada participated in Ichi-gun practices at YafuOku Dome. He threw about fifty pitches, including breaking balls, in the bullpen. It was his fourth session since he went under the knife.

Wada could be ready to play in his first rehab game some time around mid-August. That could mean he might be ready to rejoin the active roster in September.

Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2017, Sponichi 7/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2017

[UPDATE 7/29 @ 7:04pm]

Wada is scheduled to throw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on July 30. Assuming no issues, he should be able to toss a batting practice session some time next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2017

[UPDATE 8/6 @ 12:02am]

Wada pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on August 5. He face Kyle Jensen, Shogo Omoto, and Kosuke Moriyama. He threw forty-three pitches, faced nine batters, allowed two could-be hits, walked one, and struck out three. Assuming no issues with his left elbow, he could be in a Ni-gun rehab game on August 12 against Hiroshima. There is a chance he could rejoin the active roster before the end of this month.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/5/2017

[UPDATE 8/12 @ 8:50pm]

Wada started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today. He did not allow a run over 2.1 innings of work. He threw thirty-seven pitches, faced eight hitters, allowed one hit, struck out three, and topped out at 142km/h. This was his first game since April 7.

Wada is slated to make his next start at Ni-gun on six days of rest on August 19 against Chunichi (assuming no issues). He is expected to throw seventy to eighty pitches (he was scheduled to throw forty today).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/12/2017, Sponichi 8/12/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/12/2017

[UPDATE 8/19 @ 9:56pm]

Wada started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today. He gave up three runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings of work and threw seventy-nine pitches. He made adjustments during the game and finished strong: he struck out seven of the last ten batters he faced.

Source: Sponichi 8/19/2017

[UPDATE 8/20 @ 5:37pm]

Wada is currently slated to return to the active roster in time for a start against Lotte at YafuOku Dome on August 27. He will most likely be limited to around 100 pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2017

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 4:49pm]

Wada joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2017

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[5/18/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada might have elbow surgery

According to media reports from this morning, Tsuyoshi Wada might have surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left elbow. If he goes under the knife, the best case scenario for his return to the active roster would be September, assuming he has the procedure some time this month. However, nothing has been decided yet. Therapy is still an option.

Wada is considering surgery because his rehab has not been going as well as he would like. He has had surgery on his elbow twice in the past.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Sponichi 5/18/2017Sponichi 5/18/2017Daily Sports 5/18/2017

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[4/7/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada limited to five innings because of elbow tightness

Tsuyoshi Wada started tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions and gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits over five innings of work. His night ended after five innings and sixty-seven pitches because he started to develop tightness in his left elbow during the fourth inning.

Source: Sponichi 4/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2017

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 10:48pm]

Wada was taken off the active roster on April 11 as a precaution. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Wada’s condition was not serious and that he was only going to skip one start.

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2017, Daily Sports 4/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2017

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 11:06pm]

Wada ended pitching practices early during workouts at the Chikugo facilities earlier today. Kudo told reporters they did not want to rush the veteran. He may not be able to return to the active roster for the Rakuten three-game series that begins on April 21.

Source: Sponichi 4/18/2017, Daily Sports 4/18/2017

[UPDATE 4/19 @ 4:17pm]

Wada ended his bullpen session on April 18 after throwing just fifteen pitches. He visited a hospital in Kanto today for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/19 @ 9:06pm]

Wada was diagnosed with inflammation in his left elbow today. He will not do any throwing for least a week (or until the inflammation goes away). It will most likely take over a month for a full recovery. He will join the rehab group on April 20.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2017

[UDPATE 4/27 @ 4:03pm]

Wada played catch on April 27, for the first time in nine days. He lightly threw the ball for about ten minutes at a distance between twenty and thirty meters.

Source: Sponichi 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:08pm]

Wada threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen and mixed in some off-speed pitches. He threw only fastballs during his last session on May 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2017


[2/21/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada has some tightness in his left leg

Tsuyoshi Wada felt tightness in his left adductor after pitching in an intra-squad game on February 19. He canceled his bullpen session on February 21 as a precaution. He thinks he is okay, but will wait to see how he feels after a reschedule session on February 22.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/21/2017


[11/8/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada resumes playing catch

Tsuyoshi Wada was shut down after he developed pain in his elbow. A recent medical exam did not reveal any issues. He played catch on November 7 for the first time in about three weeks. He threw the ball at a distance of about twenty meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2016


[9/29/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada might not be ready for First Stage

Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow) told reporters on September 29 that based on how he was currently feeling, pitching in the First Stage of the Climax Series might be a little difficult.

Wada was taken off the active roster on September 23. He resumed playing catch on September 28. He is taking things slow right now because he is afraid of moving too fast.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 1:38am]

If Wada is unable to make the First Stage, the Hawks could go with the following starting pitchers: Kodai Senga, Shota Takeda, and Rick van den Hurk.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 4:05am]

As of October 10, Wada has not yet tossed a bullpen session. He did play long catch at a maximum of about sixty meters.

Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2016

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 6:45am]

Wada is not expected to get a start during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. He will still travel with the team to Sapporo.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2016, Sports Hochi 10/11/2016


[9/23/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada taken off active roster

Tsuyoshi Wada was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in his left elbow. There is still a chance he might be able to pitch during the Climax Series, but only if there is no risk of further injury.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2016


[9/22/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada scratched from next start as a precaution

The media learned on September 21 that Tsuyoshi Wada will be scratched from his next start on September 24. An examination at a Fukuoka hospital on September 20 did not reveal any abnormalities, but the Softbank Hawks decided to play it safe by pushing back his next start. He did play some catch on September 21.

Starting pitchers for the Seibu series that begins on September 23 could be Nao Higashihama, Kenichi Nakata, and Rick van den Hurk.

Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016, Sports Hochi 9/22/2016