Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Mujica picked up the win in Tuesday's night victory over Washington. He pitched a clean seventh inning, striking out two.

Mujica is back in the role the Red Sox designed for him -- working the high-leverage seventh and eighth innings -- now that closer Koji Uehara is healthy and on the roster. Mujica was coming off two consecutive appearances in which he allowed homers.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Mujica allowed a solo homer, the second one allowed this season, in Sunday night's loss to the Yankees.

Koji Uehara (hamstring), who is expected to be activated for Monday's home opener, can't get back to Boston soon enough. Mujica has not looked like a viable fill-in closing option the first week of the season. He's permitted two runs on four hits in three appearances.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Mujica served up a solo home run to Chase Headley in the ninth inning to blow a save and turn the game against the Yankees into a 19 inning marathon. He pitched one inning, giving up just the one hit while striking out one.

The Red Sox announced that their normal closer Koji Uehara is heading out to Low-A Greenville on a rehab assignment Saturday so Mujica may not be long for the closer's role. He should soon return to his set-up role, but give the usage of pitchers during Friday's game, the bullpen could be short on Saturday.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Mujica cleaned up Thursday night's 6-2 win over the Phillies, allowing one hit and striking out one in a non-save appearance.

With news that Koji Uehara (hamstring) is scheduled to pitch at Low-A Greenville on Saturday, it would appear Mujica's days as the fill-in closer are coming to end very soon.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 4 weeks ago

Mujica is expected to begin the season as the Red Sox's closer, WEEI 93.7 FM reports.

Mujica was the likely candidate for saves behind Koji Uehara, and with the news that Uehara is unlikely for the beginning of the season, he has been named the tentative closer. Uehara probably won't miss much to start the season, however, so Mujica's value as a closer is limited.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 1 month ago

With Koji Uehara admitting he may not be recovered from his hamstring injury until Opening Day, the notion that Mujica is Boston's closer early in the regular season emerges as a possibility.

Uehara said "it might be a close call but should be ready" when Boston kicks off the season in Philadelphia. If not, that means Mujica will be the temporary closer.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 months ago

Mujica entered training camp 15 pounds lighter, something that has quickened his arm speed, according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Herald reports. "Whether or not [the increased arm speed] translates to velocity, we'll see," said Farrell.

Mujica is entering the final year of his contract at a time when set-up guys are getting multi-year deals. He's coming off a dichotomous season in which a poor first half gave way to an effective second half that included six-of-six in save opportunities. As Farrell manages Koji Uehara's workload, Mujica is in line for a handful of saves over the course of the 2015 season. And possibly more, if Uehara experiences any arm problems.

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Mujica revealed he had a neck issue early last season, something that played a role in his slow start to the season, WEEI.com reports. The right-hander carried a 7.29 ERA after his first 22 appearances.

Mujica said he was diagnosed with a C1 vertebrae being out of place, but it did not bother him in the warm climate of Florida. It didn't begin to bother him until he hit the colder weather up north and didn't clear up until mid-way through the season. He also said adjusting to the American League played a role in his sub-par April and May. Mujica is scheduled for late-inning relief work and occasional save opportunities.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 2 months ago

Mujica is in line to be Boston's closer for games when Koji Uehara is not available, the Providence Journal reports.Manager John Farrell laid out his plans for the bullpen Saturday, noting that he'll monitor Uehara's usage closely. Mujica served in that role last season when Uehara was removed from the closer's role in early September. Mujica's career in Boston started dismally, but he was quite effective in the second half of the season, posting a 1.78 ERA with six saves in 29 games after the All-Star break.

Edward Mujica RP BOS 7 months ago

Mujica picked up the save Friday night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a win over Baltimore. He allowed one hit while throwing 12 of 15 pitches for strikes to record his seventh save in eight opportunities.

Mujica is the closer for now, though manager John Farrell had said he'd like to get Koji Uehara back in the closer's role before the end of the season.