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Uehara's usage will be monitored closely this season as manager John Farrell said he'll do his best never to warm up the reliever without bringing him into the game, the Providence Journal reports.That sounds like the normal course Farrell has taken with Uehara since he first signed with Boston in 2013. If Uehara is unavailable for any game this season, Edward Mujica will serve as Boston's closer.

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Uehara had a lower-back problem that caused him to alter his mechanics and resulted in a poor stretch of pitching last season, the Boston Herald reports. In a six-game stretch between Aug. 16 and Sep. 4, opponents hit .500 off Uehara, who allowed 14 hits, four homers and 10 runs in 4.2 innings.The poor stretch prompted manager John Farrell to remove Uehara from the closer's role as the reliever made just three appearances over the final three weeks of the season. The Red Sox evaluated him following the season and gave Uehara a clean bill of health and a two-year contract. We suppose it's good news that the ineffective pitching was the result of a physical problem and not over-use, but we are still talking about a 40-year-old pitcher.

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Uehara has agreed to a two-year contract with the Red Sox, MLB.com reports.

Boston was unlikely to pick up Uehara's team option for next season, since it would mean the club would have to pay the pitcher $15.3 million next season. Instead, both sides were able to agree on a two year deal for a lower figure.

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Uehara is unlikely to receive a qualifying offer from the Red Sox, WEEI.com reports. If Uehara were to accept the one-year qualifying offer, the Red Sox would be on the hook to pay him $15.3 million.

Both sides have been talking since Boston's season ended, according to an industry source, a promising sign that Boston will be bringing back the reliever for 2015, albeit at a rate below the $15.3 million qualifying offer.

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Manager John Farrell said he'd like to use Uehara in a closing situation before the end of the season, Maureen Mullen of the Boston Globe reports.

A heavy workload clearly started to catch up with Uehara in early September, resulting in his ouster from the closer's role after he gave up 10 runs over a stretch of 4.2 innings. He's been used much more judiciously since moving to middle relief and has seemed to benefit from the rest, striking out the side in his most recent outing back on Sept. 16. Though it's uncertain if the Red Sox will bring the aging reliever back in 2015, manager John Farrell probably wants to reward him with one final save for what has mostly been a dazzling two-year run in Boston.

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Uehara's appearance in Friday night's win over the Royals was his first since Sept. 4. He retired the side in the eighth inning on 15 pitches, 12 for strikes.

The Red Sox made the decision to reduce Uehara's workload, including taking him out of the closer's role, after a run of six straight subpar relief appearances.

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Uehara is expected to be available in low-leverage situations beginning Thursday in Kansas City, the Boston Globe reports.

After an extended bullpen session Tuesday, Uehara is believed to be ready to resume appearing in games. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he still would like to get Uehara back into save situations before the end of the season, which could remove the late-season value provided by current closer Edward Mujica.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

Uehara has been removed as the Red Sox's closer.

Fatigue has seemingly set in on the 39-year-old reliever, as he has been clobbered for 10 runs in his last six appearances, so the Red Sox will move him out of the ninth-inning role and slot Edward Mujica in as closer. There were murmurs that the team could shut Uehara down entirely with an eye toward 2015, but manager John Farrell said that ideally Uehara will be closing out games again before the end of this season.

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The Red Sox will consider shutting down Uehara for the season, WEEI.com reports. Uehara, who gave up two homers in a blown save Thursday, has allowed 10 runs in his last 4.2 innings.

Manager John Farrell, who said Uehara has been lacking finish on his pitches, added that they'll talk with the closer and discuss all options, including "the potential of shutting him down."

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Uehara struggled again Thursday, giving up a pair of solo homers to suffer a blown save against the Yankees.

Uehara could not protect a one-run lead, allowing solo shots to Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley. Uehara hasn't had a ton of work lately, but he's been tagged for nine runs in his last six appearances, dating back to August 16.