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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (43) / 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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Carlos Yamazaki of the Tokyo Sports Press reports that Koji Uehara has signed with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.
It's the end of Uehara's career in the United States as he returns to his native country. Uehara, who will turn 43 in April, finishes his excellent run in the big leagues with a 2.66 ERA and splendid 572/78 K/BB ratio over 480 2/3 innings to go along with 95 saves. Mar 9 - 9:29 AM

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Carlos Yamazaki of the Tokyo Sports Press reports that Koji Uehara is unwilling to accept a minor league contract and is now looking to sign with a team in Japan.

Barring a change of heart from a major league club, it looks like Uehara's career in the States is over. The veteran reliever will turn 43 in April, but he's coming off a fine season that saw him post a 3.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 50/12 K/BB ratio over 43 relief innings for the Cubs. It's a little surprising even given his age that he couldn't find a team willing to give him a guaranteed contract.
Mar 2 - 11:12 AM

Koji Uehara told the Kyodo News over the weekend that he'll retire if he doesn't receive a major league deal.

The 42-year-old hurler made it perfectly clear that he isn't interested in a minor league deal. He also noted that 2018 will more than likely be his final season. Uehara owns a tremendous 2.66 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his nine seasons in the big leagues and could certainly help many bullpens around the league provided he's healthy and over the back issues that plagued him in 2017.
Source: Kyodo News
Jan 21 - 11:09 PM

Koji Uehara admitted Sunday that he "can't throw" due to back tightness.

Uehara has also dealt with a right knee issue recently and hasn't pitched since September 2. The Cubs haven't officially ruled the veteran reliever out for the rest of the season, but things are trending that way. Uehara posted a 2.73 ERA in the first half but holds a 6.75 ERA since the All-Star break, as injuries have caught up to the 42-year-old.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 08:40:00 AM

Koji Uehara is unavailable for the Cubs on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander has been battling problems with his back and with his right knee. He's considered day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Koji Uehera is dealing with an infection in his right knee.

Uehara hasn't pitched since September 2, and he threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He's also missed time this year with a neck injury. It's unclear at this time when he'll be able to return to game action.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 10-day disabled list.

Uehara missed the last week and a half with a strained neck. He'll return to a setup role.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Koji Uehara (neck) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

It was his first pen session since landing on the disabled list last week and he'll throw another one on Saturday. The 42-year-old has delivered a 3.55 ERA over 43 relief outings in his first year with Chicago.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 08:29:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Koji Uehara on the 10-day disabled list with a right neck strain.

The injury isn't considered to be a big deal, but the Cubs want to play it safe and get Uehara back to 100 percent. Justin Grimm is taking his spot in the bullpen.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Koji Uehara left an appearance Tuesday night against the Giants due to a stiff neck.

Uehara allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the seventh inning and then exited after a short chat with a trainer. It doesn't sound all that serious, but there's likely a reevaluation coming Wednesday. Uehara has been a valuable part of the Cubs' bullpen this year, boasting a 1.11 WHIP and 45/11 K/BB ratio in 38 frames.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:19:00 AM

Koji Uehara left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

Uehara departed with a trainer at his side after allowing a walk and a single to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. There should be an update soon from San Francisco's AT&T Park.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 12:13:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 10:46:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 18, 2017 05:50:00 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.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 05:33:00 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.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 02:20:00 PM

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