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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%: 87/76 | Average Draft Position: 170.83
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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.


Red Sox's Koji Uehara to throw a bullpen, still unlikely for Opening Day


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/30/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will toss a bullpen session on Monday but manager John Farrell doesn't expect him to ready by Opening Day, according to the Boston Globe

Uehara had felt discomfort in his hamstring during a bullpen session Saturday, possibly reaggravating an injury he sustained while running on March 17. 

Uehara has allowed two earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work this spring.


Edward Mujica to start season as Red Sox closer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Red Sox pitcher Edward Mujica will start the season in the closer role, manager John Farrell confirmed on Sunday. 

With Koji Uehara unlikely to be ready to start the year, Farrell said Mujica would get first shot at closing.

"There’s been times where he’s thrown a ball down and away to right-handers with good stuff," Farrell said, per WEEI. "Right now, he would be the guy that we turn to in closing situations. I will also say that we would look to matchup in the ninth inning as well. We’ll look to exploit the best matchup, and that could be any one of three or four guys down there to finish a game."


Farrell: Red Sox RP Uehara 'not likely' to make Opening Day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) is "not likely" to be on the team's Opening Day roster, the Providence Journal reports.

Uehara felt discomfort in his hamstring during his bullpen session Saturday while throwing for the first time in two weeks, and while Farrell wasn't ready to rule out Uehara for Opening Day Saturday, the closer appears headed for a trip to the disabled list in order to recover fully from the injury.


Hamstring bothers Koji Uehara in Red Sox bullpen session


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Koji Uehara tested his ailing right hamstring with a bullpen session  for the Red Sox on Saturday. Unfortunately, it didn't pass. 

Uehara did his first throwing in two weeks, and he reported lingering discomfort, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

There's still the possibility he'll be ready by opening day. He'll try again on Monday, and then be able to get two game appearances in. 

"Realizing that we're 10 days or nine days from opening, even if Koji were to get in a couple of games, I think, we'd still remain open-minded to beginning [with him]," manager John Farrell said. "We're talking about a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy, who has been able to keep his arm in shape, at least through long toss and at least some flatground. This is still day to day at this point."


Red Sox not closing door on Koji Uehara's status for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that he hasn't closed the door on closer Koji Uehara's status for Opening Day, even with less in-game preparation than usual, according to the Providence Journal.

"He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy," Farrell said.

Uehara has been sidelined since March 14 with a hamstring issue.


Red Sox still evaluating Opening Day status of Uehara, Vazquez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday he should have a better idea by the weekend about the Opening Day status of catcher Christian Vazquez (elbow) and closer Koji Uehara (hamstring), per The Boston Globe.

Farrell added Vazquez will catch a minor-league game Friday. Vazquez said Thursday he has no doubt he will be ready by Opening Day.

"I'm going to be ready," he said, per WEEI.com.

Uehara will throw off flat ground Thursday. Farrell hopeful Uehara will throw a bullpen session this weekend.


Red Sox's John Farrell not sold on Koji Uehara's status for opener?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell appears to be less sold closer Koji Uehara's status for Opening Day then he did a week ago when his closer suffered a left hamstring strain, according to MLB.com.

"I think with each passing day he's not in a game, there's growing concern, concern in the sense, 'Will he be ready for April 6?' And we're just working through that," said Farrell.

Uehara could throw a bullpen session at some point this week, but it appears as if the Red Sox are taking a cautious approach with their right-handed reliever. Edward Mujica and Alexi Ogando are candidates to fill in for Uehara in the ninth while he remains sidelined.


Red Sox's Uehara plays long toss, does some light running Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) played long toss from 150 feet Saturday and did some light running, per ESPN. The Red Sox are targeting midweek for Uehara to throw a bullpen session, manager John Farrell said Saturday.

Red Sox's Koji Uehara scheduled to play long-toss on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara is scheduled to play long-toss for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury earlier this spring, according WEEI.

"Our target is sometime in the middle of next week by the time he gets back on the mound after we get through some physical testing," Farrell said. "But he can still keep his arm in shape. I still don't question if he's going to be ready for the start of the season. I fully expect him to be ready when the season begins."

Uehara has made three spring appearances before suffering a hamstring strain on Tuesday. He's expected to be a "close call: for Boston's Opening Day.


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara could long-toss Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara (hamstring) may be able to begin playing long toss Friday, MLB.com reports.

Uehara suffered a hamstring strain Tuesday, and the the team remains hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day. The closer has allowed two runs in three innings this spring but is coming off a 26-save season in which he went 6-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 80:8 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings.


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara a 'close call' for Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that relief pitcher Koji Uehara will play catch, but won't returned to the mound until "he can tolerate the stress" in his left hamstring, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

Uehara added that he's a "close call" for opening day, but remains optimistic moving forward.

The right-hander has allowed two runs in three innings of work this spring.