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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (42) / 4/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / BAL
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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. Sep 17 - 8:40 AM

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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.
Sep 16 - 2:16 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.
Sep 13 - 4:50 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.
Aug 20 - 11:38 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.
Aug 16 - 8:29 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.
Aug 9 - 1:53 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.
Aug 9 - 1:19 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.
Aug 9 - 12:13 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.
Jun 4 - 10:46 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.
May 18 - 5:50 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.
Apr 16 - 5:33 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.
Mar 2 - 2:20 PM

Koji Uehara will not pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Uehara made the announcement on a local television news show, adding that the Cubs advised him not to pitch. It's not a big surprise, as he'll be 42 years old in April and carries some health concerns. Uehara signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Chicago last week.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Uehara missed almost two months during the middle of the 2016 campaign due to a pectoral strain. In 47 relatively healthy innings with the Red Sox, the 41-year-old right-hander held a 3.45 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 63/11 K/BB ratio. He has shown the ability to flummox opposing batters even into his 40's, but has not pitched more than 50 innings in either of the past two seasons. He should prove a useful arm for the defending World Series champs, assuming he can stay healthy.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago confirms the Cubs have signed Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million deal.

The two sides were said to be making progress toward an agreement last week during the Winter Meetings, and now we've got something relatively official. Uehara had more rough outings than usual in 2016, resulting in a 3.45 ERA, but the veteran right-hander did finish strong in September and his career numbers in the United States are undeniably terrific. If he can hold up physically throughout what will be his age-42 season, it should be another nice addition to the bullpen for the reigning World Series champs.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 08:38:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
4Victor Caratini
5Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
3Leonys Martin
RF1Jason Heyward
2Mike Freeman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Jen-Ho Tseng
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Justin Wilson
4Pedro Strop
5Hector Rondon
6Koji Uehara
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena
10Dillon Maples
11Rob Zastryzny
12Mike Montgomery