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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Red Sox placed RHP Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the right wrist.
Uehara suffered the injury after being hit by a comebacker in Friday's contest with the Tigers. He'll miss the rest of the season, but is expected to make a full recovery. Jean Machi and Junichi Tazawa will be in line for save chances moving forward, with Machi likely seeing the majority of chances. Manager John Farrell would prefer to keep Tazawa in a setup role. Aug 10 - 8:49 PM

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Koji Uehara (wrist) will miss the remainder of the season with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist.

Uehara suffered the fracture on a comebacker in Friday's contest with the Tigers, and while initial X-rays were negative, CT revealed the extent of the injury. Jean Machi and Junichi Tazawa figure to see Boston's save chances now; Tazawa is certainly more deserving, but John Farrell doesn't believe he's suited for the ninth, opening the door for Machi. If there's some silver lining here, it's that the 40-year-old closer is expected to make a complete recovery from this injury.
Aug 10 - 5:38 PM

Koji Uehara (wrist) is headed to the disabled list.

Uehara got struck on his right wrist Friday by a comebacker and was sent back to Boston on Sunday for a full examination. There's no official diagnosis yet, but it's apparently more than a bruise. Junichi Tazawa will likely fill in at closer for the Red Sox.
Aug 10 - 1:54 PM

Koji Uehara has been sent back to Boston to undergo a full exam on his injured wrist.

He underwent a CT scan on Sunday, which may have detected something if the team wants a more thorough exam. If he is forced to miss any significant amount of time, Junichi Tazawa would serve as the Red Sox closer.
Aug 9 - 5:07 PM

Koji Uehara (wrist) will undergo a CT scan on Sunday.

X-rays on Uehara's wrist came back clean after he was hit with a comebacker on Friday, but the Red Sox want to put him through a CT scan just in case. Junichi Tazawa will handle a save chance Sunday if Uehara remains unavailable.
Aug 9 - 12:06 PM

Koji Uehara (wrist) is unavailable Saturday against the Tigers.

He took a liner off his wrist on Friday and still feels sore. There's a good chance Uehara won't be available for the rest of the series. Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi are Boston's top ninth-inning options with Koji sidelined.
Aug 8 - 5:14 PM

Koji Uehara said after Friday's game that his X-rays came back negative.

Uehara was drilled in the hand/wrist area by an Ian Kinsler line drive in the final play of Friday's game. He appears to have avoided any significant injury though and should return to the hill in a day or two.
Aug 7 - 11:14 PM

Koji Uehara was called upon to put out a fire in the ninth inning on Friday, retiring both hitters he faced with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to earn his 25th save.

After striking out Jose Iglesias, he was drilled in the hand/wrist by a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler. Uehara was able to locate the ball and throw Kinsler out at first base, but was clearly in quite a bit of pain afterwards. He'll presumably head for X-rays to rule out a potential fracture.
Aug 7 - 10:47 PM

Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Rays for his 23rd save of the season.

Uehara worked around a leadoff walk and struck out two in the frame. The 40-year-old has converted 13 straight save opportunities and owns a 2.39 ERA and 44/7 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings on the year.
Jul 31 - 11:01 PM

Koji Uehara earned his 21st save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Red Sox beat the Marlins 6-3 on Wednesday.

11 pitches resulted in a ground out from Jordany Valdespin, a fly out from Ichiro Suzuki, and a Dee Gordon strikeout. Uehara has been perfect in his last six appearances, seemingly getting stronger as the second half approaches. He's 21-for-23 in save opportunities to date with a 2.53 ERA and a 35/6 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
Jul 8 - 10:34 PM

Koji Uehara set the Marlins down in 1-2-3 fashion to grab his 20th save as the Red Sox wrapped up a 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Uehara fanned J.T. Realmuto and Conor Gillespie consecutively before getting pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich to ground out to end the game. The veteran closer has strung together eight consecutive scoreless appearances. He's 20-for-22 in save chances overall with a 2.61 ERA and a 34/6 K/BB ratio in 31 innings.
Jul 7 - 10:06 PM

Koji Uehara worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 18th save as the Red Sox eked out a 4-3 victory versus the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Uehara got Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro to fly out to the outfield and Kevin Pillar to fly out in the infield for a stress-free ninth inning. The veteran right-hander has converted 18 saves in 20 opportunities with a 2.89 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 28 innings.
Jun 30 - 10:27 PM

Koji Uehara earned his 17th save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays, finalizing Monday's 3-1 victory.

Uehara needed only 11 pitches, getting Jose Reyes to foul out, Josh Donaldson to fly out, and Jose Bautista to pop up. He's 17-for-19 in save chances to date with a 3.00 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 27 innings.
Jun 29 - 9:50 PM

Koji Uehara slammed the door on the Rays for his 16th save as the Red Sox won 5-3 on Sunday.

Uehara got two quick outs on a strikeout of Kevin Kiermaier and an Asdrubal Cabrera ground out. However, Grady Sizemore kept hope alive with a double, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Uehara bounced back to get Evan Longoria on a fly out to right field to end the game. Despite a few leaky outings in June, Uehara has been reliable this season, getting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities with a 3.12 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 26 innings.
Jun 28 - 4:54 PM

Koji Uehara pitched a perfect 10th inning Friday against the Rays for his 15th save of the season.

Uehara struck out two batters in the frame and needed just 10 pitches to lock down the victory. The 40-year-old has had some rough outings this month, which is why his ERA sits at an uncharacteristic 3.24 for the year, but he still has an excellent 29/6 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. It would be interesting to see what kind of market there is for him if the Red Sox decide to sell off pieces before July 31.
Jun 26 - 11:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
CF1Mookie Betts
2Jackie Bradley
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Alejandro De Aza
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Jean Machi
3Junichi Tazawa
4Alexi Ogando
5Craig Breslow
6Robbie Ross
7Tommy Layne
8Heath Hembree
9Brandon Workman
10Anthony Varvaro