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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (42) / 4/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Koji Uehara picked up his second save of the 2017 campaign on Sunday, retiring all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage.
With Wade Davis unavailable after working the past couple of games, Cubs' manager Joe Maddon turned to the veteran right-hander to close it out instead. He did so with little difficulty, needing just 17 pitches to dispatch of the Cardinals, including a pair of strikeouts. Uehara boasts a 3.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings this season. Jun 4 - 10:46 PM

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With Wade Davis getting the day off, Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth Thursday for his first save as a Cub.

Brian Duensing started the ninth in a 9-4 game after throwing a scoreless eighth, but he didn't retire any of the three batters he faced before Uehara was brought on. Uehara has a 3.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings this year.
May 18 - 5:50 PM

Koji Uehara struggled during eighth-inning relief duty in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, surrendering three runs (two earned) without recording an out.

Uehara took over for Jon Lester to open the eighth with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead. He almost immediately got himself into trouble, loading the bases with nobody out before Jody Mercer made him pay with an RBI single. Joe Maddon would proceed to make the long walk out of the dugout to relieve Uehara of duty. All three of the baserunners Uehara allowed came around to score as the road team took a 3-1 advantage. An Adam Frazier three-run home run in the ninth would provide the final damage in the 6-1 defeat.
Apr 16 - 5:33 PM

Koji Uehara will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Uehara was given the first week off as a 41-year-old with some lingering health concerns. He signed a one-year, $6 million free agent contract with the Cubs in mid-December and projects to work in a setup role this season for the defending World Series champions.
Mar 2 - 2:20 PM

Koji Uehara will not pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Uehara made the announcement on a local television news show, adding that the Cubs advised him not to pitch. It's not a big surprise, as he'll be 42 years old in April and carries some health concerns. Uehara signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Chicago last week.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Uehara missed almost two months during the middle of the 2016 campaign due to a pectoral strain. In 47 relatively healthy innings with the Red Sox, the 41-year-old right-hander held a 3.45 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 63/11 K/BB ratio. He has shown the ability to flummox opposing batters even into his 40's, but has not pitched more than 50 innings in either of the past two seasons. He should prove a useful arm for the defending World Series champs, assuming he can stay healthy.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago confirms the Cubs have signed Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million deal.

The two sides were said to be making progress toward an agreement last week during the Winter Meetings, and now we've got something relatively official. Uehara had more rough outings than usual in 2016, resulting in a 3.45 ERA, but the veteran right-hander did finish strong in September and his career numbers in the United States are undeniably terrific. If he can hold up physically throughout what will be his age-42 season, it should be another nice addition to the bullpen for the reigning World Series champs.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 08:38:00 AM

Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 07:01:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

No deal is official, but Nikkan Sports in Japan says it's a one-year deal at $4.5 million. If true, the Cubs have made big strides to rebuild their bullpen after moving on from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago acquired former Royals closer Wade Davis in a trade on Wednesday. Uehara will be 42 years old next season, but remains a top setup reliever. He threw 47 innings this year with seven saves and a 3.45 ERA. He posts elite strikeout rates year after year but has struggled to stay on the mound due to injury. He is unlikely to see save chances in 2017, but his ratios make him a solid fantasy option even in leagues that don't use holds as a category. He has a career 2.53 ERA with 93 saves in 387 games since leaving Japan in 2009.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the club has moved on from free agent Koji Uehara.

Boston made an offer a few days ago, but Uehara wasn't ready to give an answer and the Tyler Thornburg addition now makes the veteran reliever unnecessary to the club's needs for 2017. Uehara turns 42 years old next April, but he did finish strong in 2016 and there should be a market for him if he wants to remain in the United States.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Koji Uehara will not be immediately available to pitch in back-to-back games.

Uehara was activated from the disabled list on September 5 following a layoff of almost two months due to a pectoral strain. The Red Sox aren't quite ready to pitch him in consecutive contests, but they expect the veteran reliever to be available for a heavier workload in about 10 days.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list.

Uehara will be back in the Red Sox bullpen on Monday against the Padres after missing the last seven weeks with a pectoral strain. The veteran reliever holds a disappointing 4.50 ERA in 36 innings this season, but maybe the time off will help.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) threw a live batting practice on Saturday.

Uehara allowed one hit over 25 pitches. He continued to throw on flat ground after BP concluded and looked "extremely confident," according to beat writer Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. The team is hoping to activate him Monday when the Sox begin a three-game set against San Diego.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as next Monday.

Great news for Uehara, who threw 20 pitches to hitters in a simulated workout on Monday. He still has two bullpen sessions coming up, but things are moving in the right direction. Uehara has been sidelined since July 20 with a pectoral strain, but his return would be a big boost to the back-end of Boston's bullpen.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) faced hitters on the Fenway Park mound Monday afternoon in Boston.

Uehara threw around 20 pitches in the simulated workout. He appears to be nearing a return to the Red Sox bullpen after missing the last five weeks with a pectoral strain. The exact timetable hasn't been revealed.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 03:45:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
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7Brian Duensing
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