Koji Uehara RP BOS 4 weeks ago

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was ruled out for the rest of the season Monday after being diagnosed with a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist, according to WEEI. Uehara, who was struck on the wrist by a line drive during Friday's game, is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of next season. "The fact that there are persistent symptoms even after the reduction in swelling, we've got to check him thoroughly," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. Uehara was having a strong season, with 25 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 40 innings for a disappointing Red Sox team. He is under contract through the end of next season and is expected to retain his role as the closer upon his return. Newly acquired Jean Machi is expected to take over the closer duties.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 4 weeks ago

The Boston Red Sox will put pitcher Koji Uehara on the disabled list due to a wrist injury Monday, according to the Boston Globe. The 40-year-old closer sustained the injury -- which may be a fracture -- when he was hit by a comebacker Friday, leaving Junichi Tazawa as the likely ninth-inning man in Boston. Uehara has excelled since coming to the major leagues from Japan prior to the 2009 season, with this year's 0.92 WHIP representing the sixth consecutive campaign in which he has posted a mark under 1.00. All in all, Uehara has closed 25 games in 27 opportunities while posting a 2-4 record, 2.23 ERA and 47 strikeouts with nine walks in 40.1 innings. If the injury does prove to be a fracture, it could potentially end Uehara's season, as the last-place Red Sox will have little reason to rush him back to the field.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 4 weeks ago

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara will not be available to pitch Saturday against the Detroit Tigers because of a wrist injury, according to the Providence Journal. Uehara was struck on the wrist by a line drive on the final play of Friday's game, but X-rays revealed no structural damage. "He's not the biggest and bulkiest guy, and you're in the wrist area where a lot of different things can happen," manager John Farrell said. "He takes a smash back off the wrist, and yeah, you're holding your breath. I know his spirits were lifted a whole lot given he's down on one knee at the end of a win on the field. I know he'll be sore, but thankfully there's no fractures or breaks." Uehara could take a few days to heal, but he is not expected to miss a significant time.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 months ago

Uehara got the final three outs for his 21st save Wednesday, striking out one in a perfect ninth against the Marlins.

Uehara is 21-for-23 in save chances this season and has now converted 11 straight. On Wednesday, he needed only 11 pitches -- 10 of which were strikes -- to close out the Marlins. For the season, the 40-year-old has a 2.53 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 35:6 K:BB ratio.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 months ago

Uehara closed out the Marlins on Tuesday, striking out two in a perfect inning to pick up the save in Boston's win. The save conversion was his 10th straight.

Uehara keeps chugging along and hasn't allowed a baserunner in his last six appearances over six innings.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 months ago

Uehara picked up the save in Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays. It was the third consecutive day the closer has pitched and picked up a save, and the fourth time he's pitched in the previous five days.

The Red Sox are usually careful to monitor Uehara's usage, but apparently are comfortable where's at right now. And they should be as Uehara has been one batter short of perfect over his last five appearances. There's a good chance if a closer is needed Wednesday, Uehara will not be used.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 months ago

Uehara pitched a perfect 10th inning against Tampa Bay on Friday to earn his 15th save of the season.

He made quick work of the Rays after Brock Holt gave Boston the lead in the top of the frame, retiring the side in order on 10 pitches. Uehara got Evan Longoria and David DeJesus swinging for his 28th and 29th strikeouts of the season (25 innings). The 40-year-old is now tied with David Robertson for eighth in the AL in saves.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 months ago

Uehara pitched a scoreless inning in a non-save situation Wednesday night in Boston's win over Baltimore.

Boston's recent slide hadn't afforded many opportunities for Uehara to garner saves -- he's had just one chance since June 6. Now, as the team's bats are heating up, when they are winning games, they've outscored opponents in such a way that Uehara's closing services aren't necessary.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 months ago

Uehara struck out two in a perfect ninth against the Braves on Thursday to pick up his 14th save of the season.

The 40-year-old continues to pitch effectively as Boston's closer. For the season, Uehara has an impressive 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 25:6 K:BB ratio in 22 innings.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 months ago

Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning Saturday, striking out one, to pick up his 13th save of the season.

He's pitched on three straight days and four of the last five, so expect someone else to handle any save chances the Red Sox might have on Sunday. Uehara now has a 2.37 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 21:6 K:BB ratio in 19 innings.