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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 13 - 9:15 PM

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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.
Nov 6 - 3:24 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.
Oct 1 - 3:42 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.
Sep 11 - 2:31 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.
Aug 10 - 8:49 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.
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

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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
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