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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Friday that Koji Uehara will move to an eighth inning role with Friday's addition of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Dombrowski noted that manager John Farrell had spoken to Uehara and that the veteran right-hander was fine with the move, citing his team-first mentality and desire to win another World Series title. Uehara missed the end of the 2015 season with a fractured wrist, but is expected to be fully healed and ready to go for the start of spring training.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 09:15:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 60-day disabled list.

The move puts him back on the 40-man roster. Uehara will be healed from his fractured wrist well ahead of spring training.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Koji Uehara (wrist) played long toss on Thursday.

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe notes that the throws had "zip." Uehara suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist back in early August, ending his 2015 season. He's due $9 million from the Red Sox in 2016 and should at least open the year as the team's closer.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 03:42:00 PM

Red Sox transferred RHP Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Ramon Mendez. Uehara is out for the season with a non-displaced fracture of the right wrist.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 02:31:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 08:49:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 05:38:00 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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 01:54:00 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.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:07:00 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.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 12:06:00 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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 05:14:00 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.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 11:14:00 PM

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