By Andrew Green
The Chicago Cubs announced a series of transactions that impacts their Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies roster.
Cubs southpaw starter Tsuyoshi Wada has joined the Smokies to begin his Major League Rehab Assignment in recovery of a strained left deltoid and is scheduled to start tonight for Tennessee. The 34-year-old left-hander in seven starts with Chicago this year has tallied a 1-1 record and 3.73 ERA.
After being signed by the Cubs prior to this season, Wada made his Major League debut with Chicago last season. He started on July 8 against the Cincinnati Reds after signing as a minor league free agent on December 14, 2013. The lefty pitched for Team Japan during the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games and also played his first nine professional seasons in Japan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
The Cubs have also announced right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano has been transferred to the Smokies from Extended Spring Training. The 35-year-old has not pitched professionally yet this season, and posted a 4-1 record and 3.19 ERA in 64 appearances with the Washington Nationals in 2014, adding 32 saves.
The Dominican Republic native was just recently signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent, and over his 13-year Major League career has accumulated a 22-28 record and 2.85 ERA over 585 outings combing with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. The right-hander was named an American League All-Star in 2010 while with the Rays.