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Friday, September 5, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Tsuyoshi Wada exits with leg cramp

By on 9/05/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Chicago Cubs have recently lost two of their mainstays in first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro, likely for the remainder of the season. On Friday, one of the Cubs' top-performing rookie pitchers, Tsuyoshi Wada, left the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning with leg cramps.'s Carrie Muskat reported that Wada stopped in mid-at bat to Pittsburgh's Vance Worley. Team trainers came out to check on him, and manager Rick Renteria immediately pulled him from the game.The Cubs called the cramping mild, but there is no word yet on the exact extent.

Wada does not get the same type of attention that other rookies such as Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks, or Javier Baez get, but the rookie left-hander has pitched very impressively since his call-up on July 8. Wada is 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in nine starts, including Friday's. The 33-year-old could find himself in the rotation all of next year, and he is under team control through 2020.

NOTE: Friday's game was suspended in the seventh inning due to excessive rain with the scored tied at 3-3. The Cubs and Pirates will resume the game Saturday before the regularly-scheduled game.

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