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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (41) / 4/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / BAL
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Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that he is "hopeful" Koji Uehara (pectoral) can return this season.
Which of course means it's possible he will not return this season. Uehara was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained pectoral, a unique injury for a pitcher. He got platelet-rich plasma treatment on Friday to try to expedite the healing. "There is no number of days that says Koji's going to put a ball back in his hand," Farrell told reporters Saturday. "He’s just getting past the soreness." Brad Ziegler is now serving as the primary closer in Boston with Craig Kimbrel (knee) also on the shelf. Jul 23 - 4:49 PM

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Koji Uehara (pectoral) has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection.

The hope is that it will help speed up the healing process with Uehara's right pectoral strain. At the moment, there's no timetable for the reliever's return.
Jul 22 - 4:45 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara's pectoral strain is "a unique injury for a pitcher."

Uehara underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but his outlook for the future remains somewhat uncertain. Said Farrell, "It obviously confirms a strain. To what extent? We’re still getting our arms around that. This is a unique injury for a pitcher. I guess the best thing I can tell you is the MRI does confirm the strain." He went on to say that it is too early to place a timetable on Uehara's return. For a 41-year-old pitcher, that is less-than-encouraging news.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 21 - 12:05 AM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) is undergoing an MRI.

Uehara hit the disabled list with a right pectoral strain on Wednesday. The Red Sox expect to have a more clear idea of the severity of his injury and a potential timetable for his return once the MRI results come back. With Uehara, Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) all on the disabled list, the recently acquired Brad Ziegler is expected to receive the bulk of save opportunities until the bullpen regains some semblance of health.
Jul 20 - 4:59 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

Uehara suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Giants. This could be a lengthy absence for the 41-year-old right-hander, who had been filling in at closer for the Red Sox. That job should now fall to Brad Ziegler, who's made three scoreless appearances since joining Boston from Arizona. Ziegler has a 2.61 ERA for the year.
Jul 20 - 2:21 PM

Koji Uehara has been diagnosed with a strained right pectoral muscle.

"I can't tell you at this time how much time Koji will miss," manager John Farrell said. But it figures to involve a 15-day disabled list stint at the very least. Uehara strained the pectoral muscle Tuesday night in the ninth inning of Boston's 4-0 win over the visiting Giants. He had been filling in at closer for the Red Sox, who may now have to turn to newcomer Brad Ziegler. There will be a reevaluation of the entire situation Wednesday.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 19 - 10:12 PM

Koji Uehara left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent right shoulder injury.

Uehara summoned a trainer after his seventh pitch of the ninth inning and walked off holding his throwing shoulder. This type of thing doesn't usually turn out well. Look for an update soon from Boston.
Jul 19 - 9:51 PM

Koji Uehara tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Yankees for his fifth save of the season.

Uehara threw 14 pitches and notched one strikeout along the way. The 41-year-old has been shaky at times this season, resulting in a 4.67 ERA, but he’s expected to be the primary closer for Boston while Craig Kimbrel is sidelined following left knee surgery. Kimbrel is expected to miss 3-6 weeks.
Jul 15 - 10:22 PM

Koji Uehara picked up his fourth save Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning in a win over the Rays.

With Craig Kimbrel sidelined, Uehara got the call to protect the Sox' three-run lead. He did just that, allowing a hit but nothing more while striking out two. With Kimbrel out three to six weeks, Uehara is expected to get save chances in Boston, making him a must-own for fantasy purposes. The right-hander has a 4.81 ERA but a more attractive 1.10 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 9 - 10:09 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Koji Uehara will serve as the team's closer while Craig Kimbrel is out with a knee injury.

Farrell originally said Koji would share the closer role with Brad Ziegler but he seems to have changed his tune after watching Uehara pitch a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against Tampa Bay. "Koji's our closer," said Farrell. "On days when he isn't available, we've got Brad to turn to." Uehara has struggled at times this year (career-worst 4.81 ERA) but he does have plenty of experience in the ninth inning. The 41-year-old spent three years as Boston's closer before moving into a setup role this season.
Jul 9 - 7:39 PM

Koji Uehara gave up a home run to Evan Longoria in the ninth inning on Friday, but held on for the save to preserve a 6-5 victory over the Rays.

Uehara was brought in for the save situation because closer Craig Kimbrel was unavailable due to a sore knee. Uehara has a very shaky 4.96 ERA for the season. He has fanned 46 batters against only nine walks in 32 2/3 innings this year but has given up a whopping eight home runs. He has plenty of closing experience and is likely to get the bulk of save opportunities if Kimbrel goes on the disabled list.
Jul 8 - 11:08 PM

Koji Uehara threw a perfect inning in a minor league game Monday at Red Sox camp.

Uehara delivered seven of his eight pitches for strikes, whiffing one of the three batters he faced. The veteran right-hander had to take a couple days off last week with general soreness and arm fatigue, but it sounds like he's going to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 1:35 PM

Koji Uehara is being slowed by general soreness.

He'll be backed off games for a bit, but a side session is scheduled for Friday afternoon and the Red Sox are saying that Uehara will be ready to rock when the regular season arrives. The veteran right-hander has allowed five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work this spring in the Grapefruit League. He carries some big red flags into the 2016 season after showing fatigue down the stretch in 2015.
Mar 24 - 9:51 AM

Koji Uehara faced live hitters Thursday for the first time since his August arm injury.

Uehara had to be shut down prematurely in 2015 after suffering a painful non-displaced fracture in his right wrist on a hard comebacker. He tossed 44 pitches on Thursday morning in Red Sox camp, working in his fastball, splitter, and even some sliders. The veteran right-hander should be 100 percent for the opening of the 2016 regular season. Uehara will operate as a setup man this year to new Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.
Mar 3 - 10:47 AM

Koji Uehara said the wrist fracture he suffered last season is not affecting him.

It was expected that Uehara would be ready for spring training and healed up from the non-displaced fracture in his left wrist suffered last August, but it's nice to hear him indicate that there's nothing to worry about there. He said that he's already thrown off the mound without issue. He'll be sliding back to the eighth inning for the 2016 campaign, as Craig Kimbrel will be manning the ninth. Uehara turns 41 in early April.
Feb 16 - 12:10 PM

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2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
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CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
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DH1David Ortiz
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PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman