SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, shut down since Sunday with left elbow inflammation, played catch on Thursday with no problems and is slated to do so again on Friday.

"You can see it in his face that he feels a lot better," manager Buck Showalter said of Wada, who had a cortisone shot and fluid drained from his elbow on Sunday. "I talked to him about it [Wednesday] afternoon. He was looking forward to today.

"[It will be the] same thing [Friday], except a little more intensity. He's doing well with it. Swelling, other things, have gone away. So he's ready to [go], but we'll see if the mound work brings it back. I'm hoping, if you look at his history and everything, that this is kind of normal."

Wada, who signed a two-year deal with an option for 2014 this offseason, said he has dealt with a similar elbow issues around this time of year a few times before and reported Thursday he was feeling "much better".

"[There's] things I'd like to keep to myself as to how I handled it before," Wada said through interpreter Danny MacLeith. "But I rest for a couple days and then I play some catch and I get back on a mound, and it seems to be shaking out that way this time. They've really let me rest and I feel like we're doing this the right way."

The Orioles have a tentative schedule in mind for Wada moving forward, although Showalter didn't want to get too far ahead.

"I asked that question to [pitching coach Rick Adair] but he said 'Please don't hold me too it. This is where I think it is,'" Showalter said. "Obviously, [it's] enough time to get him ready to start the season. But we don't need any more setbacks with him. He can get back on schedule, but if he has another setback, it'd be put in jeopardy."