Koji Uehara
RP CHC
2 months ago

Uehara agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Jesse Rogers reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was suggested last week that Uehara had reached a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs, but he'll get more money that initially expected after several teams entered the derby for his services within the last few days. After posting a 3.45 ERA and 12.1 K/9 rate last season with the Red Sox, the 41-year-old should serve as one of the Cubs' key weapons against lefties. Despite being a right-hander, Uehara's repertoire has been historically tough against left-handed batters, who own a .183 career average against him.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
2 months ago

Uehara signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

Uehara ran into some troubles with the long ball in his final season in Boston, yielding 1.5 home runs per nine innings on the way to a 3.45 ERA, his worst season mark since his rookie year in 2009. Now 41 years old, Uehara has seen his velocity decline over the last few years and could be at the end of his tenure as an effective late-innings arm. He enters a deep Cubs bullpen with a clear closer in Wade Davis, so it's unlikely he gets a shot at a save anytime soon.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
5 months ago

Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the save in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees. He allowed a hit and struck out one.

EDGE Analysis

With Craig Kimbrel unavailable after notching a four-out save on Saturday, Uehara got the call to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth. The 41-year-old came through, yielding a two-out single to the red-hot Gary Sanchez before retiring Mark Teixeira to end the game. Uehara has now converted his last six save opportunities dating back to June 24, although he doesn't figure to get many chances with Kimbrel locking down the ninth inning for Boston.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
5 months ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell wants to use Uehara in a few low-leverage situations before pitching him in tight games, Christopher Smith of Mass Live reports.

EDGE Analysis

Farrell had Uehara pitch the ninth inning of Friday night's 13-3 win over Toronto. It was his second appearance since coming off the DL, both coming in low-leverage situations. As a reliever capable of getting both left-handed and right-handed batters out consistently, Uehara is the ideal eighth-inning solution for Farrell, who has been unable to trust any member of the bullpen in tight spots the last month or so.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
5 months ago

Uehara pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two, in Boston's 7-2 win over San Diego on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

It wasn't exactly a high-leverage situation, but it was encouraging to see Uehara pitching effectively in his first outing since being activated off the disabled list. Particularly when manager John Farrell has had several eighth-inning choices blow up on him the past month. Uehara's return gives the manager another arm he can confidently deploy in the eighth inning.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
5 months ago

Uehara (pectoral) was activated from the 15-day DL on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Despite formally rejoining the Red Sox roster, Uehara won't be available out of the bullpen in Monday's series opener with the Padres, as the organization wants to give him just one additional day to rest up. Uehara, who last pitched for the Red Sox on July 19, is expected to be reinserted as the top setup man to closer Craig Kimbrel.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
6 months ago

Uehara (pectoral) is slated to be activated from the disabled list Monday, Evan Drellich of The Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

After coming through Saturday's bullpen session no worse for the wear, Uehara has been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox and should quickly reclaim his role as the primary setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel. The Red Sox won't use Uehara in Monday's series opener against the Padres in order to grant him a little extra recovery time, but the right-hander will be available out of the bullpen beginning Tuesday.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
6 months ago

Uehara (pectoral muscle) threw a live batting practice session Saturday and emerged saying he feels 100 percent healthy, CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports.

EDGE Analysis

The expectation is that he will be activated Monday, although the club has not finalized that announcement. Once activated, he will resume the setup role in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
6 months ago

Uehara (pectoral muscle) will throw live batting practice Saturday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

If that session goes well, Uehara could be activated off the disabled list Monday. Once back on the roster, Uehara will resume his eighth-inning role, an area the Red Sox desperately need to shore up.

Koji Uehara
RP CHC
6 months ago

Uehara (pectoral) faced live hitters Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Uehara was able to throw about 20 pitches off the mound in the session, which was the first time he'd faced live hitting since sustaining his injury. The reliever has been able to ramp up his activity of late, as he threw over 50 pitches in a bullpen session last week, so it would appear that a return in early September remains a strong possibility.