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19 Koji Uehara RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 4/3/1975 | Birthplace: Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/81 | Average Draft Position: 170.63
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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns ninth save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning in Boston's 4-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday, earning his ninth save of the season.

Uehara needed 14 pitches to get through the inning, including a strike out of Logan Morrison. Uehara lowered his ERA to 1.50 in 12 innings of work with 14 strikeouts and just two walks.


Red Sox's Koji Uehara earns eighth save Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up his eighth save on Thursday, delivering a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

The Red Sox were able to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning before calling on Uehara, who didn't record a strikeout but still managed to breeze through the inning. The closer owns a 1.64 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 11 innings.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara racking up saves with his splitter


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara seems to be living and dying by his splitfingered fastball so far in 2015. Uehara suffered a hamstring injury during spring training and missed the week of the regular season. Since his return, he hasn't been throwing very many four-seam fastballs.

Uehara recorded his seventh save of the season on Wednesday, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning in Oakland. In that outing alone, he threw 10 splitters and three four-seamers, according to the Providence Journal.  

Of the 151 pitches the 40-year-old right-hander has thrown this season, 110 have been splitters while just 39 have been straight fastballs. But regardless of the pitch selection, Uehara has gotten the job done. He's allowed two earned runs this season, both coming in one outing on April 24. 

"You can tell what opposing hitters are trying to do, and he’s reading that as well,” maanger John Farrell said after Wednesday’s game. “They’re going in looking soft at times and, regardless of the velocity, he’s still able to get off the bat head with some fastballs. You look at the numbers, and you can’t deny them, despite some thought that his stuff is maybe not as crisp as it was a year ago.”


Red Sox's Koji Uehara earns seventh save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara secured his seventh save Wednesday, recording one walk and one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-0 win over the A's.

Uehara issued a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt but was able to retire the next batter to end the game. The closer owns a 1.80 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Red Sox P Koji Uehara picks up save against Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his sixth save of the season in Sunday afternoon's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

Uehara entered the game in the ninth inning and recorded a walk and a strikout. Uehara has recorded saves in each of his last three appearances. Uehara now has a 5.16 ERA for the season. 

This was his fourth consecutive game without allowing an earned run. 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns fifth save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning in Boston's 2-0 win over the Rays on  Tuesday, earning his fifth save of the season. Uehara needed just 13 pitches to finish off Tampa Bay, forcing two ground outs and a pop out to end the game. Uehara lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 7 1/3 innings of work.

Red Sox's Koji Uehara picks up fourth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth inning Wednesday to earn his fourth save in his team's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Uehara needed 17 pitches but was able to deliver a perfect inning to notch his first save since blowing a save opportunity and taking a loss Saturday. He owns a 2.84 ERA and 11:0 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.


Closer Koji Uehara earns win Monday in Red Sox walk-off victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (2-1) rebounded from a blown save on Saturday to throw a pefect ninth inning, striking out two, and earn the win against the Blue Jays on Monday.

"With the pitch selection, I told Hani [catcher Ryan Hanigan] that I wanted to throw a lot more fastballs in this outing," Uehara said through a translator after the Red Sox’ 6-5 walkoff win, per WEEI.com. "I recognize the importance of the fastball after the last outing. That's what I took out of that outing."

Uehara entered a tied game in the top of the ninth inning and was credited with the win when the Red Sox scored in the bottom half.

"Second night in Baltimore was first time he's gone back to back all year so hopefully he's gaining some arm strength," manager John Farrell said. "A couple of days off seemed to be a little bit rejuvenated. Better finish to not only the fastball but to the split. Encouraging night from him as well."


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara not utilizing fastball this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been throwing an unusual amount of offspeed pitches to start the season. Uehara has thrown fastballs on just 15 percent of his pitches this season, compared to 50 percent over the last three years, according to the Boston Herald.

Manager John Farrell isn't reading too much into it.

"He's going to go with what he feels," Farrell said. "Every 3 mph is about a foot distance in traveling to home plate. So there's a little bit different reaction time. But regardless of velocity there still needs to be the use of (the fastball) just to create separation between his fastball and his split."

Uehara is 1-1 so far this season with a 4.15 ERA and three saves in 4 1/3 innings.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara can't hold lead in 10th, blows first save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) The Red Sox rallied to hand closer Koji Uehara a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday but the right hander squandered it to blow the save against the Orioles.

"He probably doesn't have the finish to his fastball as we've seen, so he's gone to his split a few times," manager John Farrell said to the Boston Herald. "He gets deep in the count where it's a little predictable to Lough."

Adam Jones tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly before David Lough won it with a walk-off homer for Uehara's first blown save of the season.

"Splitter that doesn't move,” Uehara said. "It stayed over the middle of the plate. I'm not looking at velocity at this point or any point in my career so it's no problem." 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finishes off 7-5 win for third save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finished off a 7-5 win Friday against the Orioles for his third save.

Uehara ran into a little trouble in the ninth inning, as he allowed runners to reach first and third base with one out. Both runners reached base via singles. 

However, Uehara was able to retire the last two batters in the ninth before a run crossed the plate. He had two strikeouts.

Uehara has two saves since Tuesday.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns save in win Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Boston's 1-0 win over the Rays Tuesday for his second save of the year.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to Logan Forsythe, but then induced a double play ball from Evan Longoria before getting Desmond Jennings to ground out to end the game. Uehara kept his perfect 0.00 ERA through three innings of work with four strikeouts and no walks to his credit.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns first win of season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Koji Uehara (1-0) struck out two batters in a perfect top of ninth inning before the Red Sox rallied in the bottom half to beat the Orioles on Friday, earning Uehara the his first win of the season.

Koji Uehara returns to Red Sox with save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara returned to the team from the disabled list and wasted no time in making an impact. Uehara started the season sidelined by a hamstring injury. 

In his first appearance of the season, Uehara pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two, for his first save of the year. 

''Much like we've seen a lot from Koji,'' Farrell said. ''Three up and three down.''


Red Sox's Farrell: Uehara 'will go right back into the closer role'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that pitcher Koji Uehara, who was activated off the disabled list Monday, "will go right back into the closer role," MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports.

Edward Mujica, who served as the team's interim closer with Uehara sidelined, was unable to convert his only save opportunity. He's allowed two earned runs, both on solo home runs, in three innings this season.

Uehara went 6-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 80:8 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season while racking up 26 saves.


Red Sox activate Koji Uehara; keep Ross over Layne in bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Red Sox optioned reliever Tommy Layne to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday to clear a roster spot for closer Koji Uehara, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list. Uehara missed the first week of games due to a hamstring injury he suffered late in spring training.

Manager John Farrell said the decision to demote Layne over Robbie Ross came down to Ross being available for Monday's game against the Nationals. Layne pitched four times since Opening Day, including Sunday against the Yankees.


Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara on track to be activated Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara is on track to be activated Monday, according to manager John Farrell per the Providence Journal.

Uehara threw one inning in a minor league rehab appearance Saturday and came through unscathed. He is working to get back on the field from a hamstring injury that landed him on the 15-day DL to begin the year. 


Red Sox's Koji Uehara pitches one inning in Class A rehab game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched one inning in a minor league injury rehab game on Saturday. 

Uehara is attempting to return from a hamstring injury. He pitched the fifth inning for the Class A Greenville Drive. Uehara faced six batters, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out one and threw 14 strikes in 17 pitches. 


Red Sox's Koji Uehara might come off DL after one rehab outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) might need just one rehab appearance before coming off the disabled list, manager John Farrell said Thursday. Uehara is expected to pitch Saturday for Class A Greenville.

Farrell said earlier this week he was expecting Uehara to make his return early next week.


Wright to start Saturday for Red Sox; Kelly, Uehara pitching in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly will not come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Yankees, as it was announced Wednesday that Steven Wright will take the hill for Boston.

Kelly (biceps) will instead begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Greenville, while closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will also begin a rehab assignment with Greenville on Saturday.


Red Sox's Farrell expecting Koji Uehara back early next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, according to ESPN. Uehara got plenty of swings and misses, per ESPN correspondent Rick Weber.

Red Sox manager John Farrell is expecting Uehara to come off the disabled list next week, barring any setbacks, according to MLB Network Radio.

"If all things go as planned, we see him returning to us early next week," Farrell said Tuesday.

Edward Mujica will fill the role of closer until Uehara returns.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara could be back by home opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara completed a 35-pitch bullpen on Saturday without any reported issues, according to the Boston Globe.

Uehara, who has been sidelined since March 14 with a hamstring injury, is scheduled to face live hitters on Tuesday, followed by a simulated game at Class A Greenville on Thursday. He will then start a minor-league rehab assignment on April 11 for Greenville. If all checks out for Uehara, he will be activated from the disabled list on April 13 for Boston's home opener against the Nationals.


Red Sox place Joe Kelly, Koji Uehara on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) The Red Sox announced Friday they placed starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) and closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. However, neither player might be out for long.

Kelly could be ready to come off the disabled list in time for the fifth game of the season April 11 at N.Y. Yankees, and Uehara could also be activated by the 11th.

Edward Mujica will be the Red Sox's closer with Uehara sidelined, while Steven Wright will likely start if Kelly is not back by April 11.


Red Sox's Farrell not expecting Koji Uehara to be on DL for long


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Although Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will start the season on the disabled list, manager John Farrell isn't concerned about it being a long-term absence. Farrell said Tuesday he expects Uehara to return in early to mid-April, per The Boston Herald.

Farrell has chosen Edward Mujica as the Red Sox's closer in Uehara's absence.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara likely to begin year on disabled list


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, reports ESPN. After throwing 30 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday, Uehara is still having issues with his left hamstring. He hasn't taken the mound since March 14th.

Manager John Farrell said, “I don’t think there’s anything to suggest that come next Monday, he’s in our bullpen.”

“I think I’m going to start on the DL just because I haven’t had the games in,” Uehara said through interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “If that is the case, if I start on the DL, it will certainly be a disappointment.”

Uehara knows that this is a process, and he is unsure of when he'll return to the mound.

“I don’t know when I’ll be back,” he said. “It’s a day-to-day process. I have to do what I have to do to get ready.”

Farrell was asked about how the bullpen will shape up heading into the beginning of the season.

“I don’t have seven names to give you right now,” he said. “We’ve still got some things to determine. How we’re going to determine the rotation, whether we go with an additional left-hander or right-hander, what the ramifications of Koji coming out of the mix for the short run. Does that likely move Edward [Mujica] back into the closing role?

“I do know this: We’re at a point in camp when guys are throwing the ball as expected, and that includes Robbie Ross. That’s Matt Barnes. Brandon Workman’s last time out was encouraging, so as we get to the final week of camp here, the guys we felt would be in contention for spots are moving in the right direction.”

Uehara, 40, has pitched in three games this spring, posting an ERA of 6.00, six hits given up with three strikeouts.