Wada thrilled to finish season healthy

Left-hander hoping to be on Cubs' Opening Day roster in 2015

Wada thrilled to finish season healthy

PITTSBURGH -- Tsuyoshi Wada expects to make two more starts before the regular season ends, but so far, it's been a successful year for the left-hander, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Wada, 33, has made 11 starts, totaling 59 1/3 innings with the Cubs. He totaled 113 2/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa, where he began the season, which gives him 173 innings two years after the surgery on his left elbow in Spring Training, 2012. He totaled 184 2/3 innings in 2011 with the Softbank team in Japan.

"I was able to throw from Opening Day in the Minor Leagues, and there's two games left, and being able to throw the whole season is something that has built my confidence up and something I can build on," Wada said Sunday through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa.

The Cubs are sorting out their rotation for 2015, so Wada is eager to give management something to think about. The team does have a 2015 option for the left-hander. Wada said he's just focused on his final two outings.

"I want to be able to start the season on a Major League roster from Day 1 next season," Wada said.

Worth noting

• Fans attending Cubs games at Wrigley Field this week should be prepared for extra security screening. Starting Monday, the Cubs will conduct metal detector screenings of fans entering the ballpark. It's part of a league-wide initiative to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. These security screenings are in addition to the current bag checks in place and will be uniform throughout the league in 2015.

• The Cubs hope to honor players and staff from the Class A Kane County team during the upcoming homestand. The Cougars went undefeated in the playoffs to win the Midwest League championship on Saturday.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.