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.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

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."

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

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.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

Uehara pitched for the first time in eight days Tuesday night. He allowed a homer to the first batter faced in a win over the Yankees.

Manager John Farrell intends ease up on Uehara's workload for the remainder of the season, but indicated Uehara would continue to handle save situations, though Tuesday night was not a save situation.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

Manager John Farrell said Sunday that he'd look to reduce Uehara's usage in September, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

The usually-steady Uehara has endured a string of poor outings lately, but still posts a pristine 2.25 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 60 frames. It's likely that Uehara's age (39) and his innings count -- as well as Boston's place in the AL East standings -- that are the primary factors in Farrell wanting to limit the right-hander's workload, though he should still see the bulk of closing opportunities that arise down the stretch. On nights that Uehara is deemed unavailable, Edward Mujica would represent the team's top closing option.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

The Red Sox have no plans to shut down the struggling Uehara, the Providence Journal reports. Boston's closer has allowed an earned run or inherited runners to score in four straight appearances.

Uehara is showing no signs of fatigue and continues to work as normal during his pre-game throwing program. Coaches and trainers don't detect anything abnormal, other than the results.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

Uehara blew a second straight save opportunity Monday night in Boston's extra-inning win over Toronto. He was credited with a win after Boston's offense picked up in extra innings.

Uehara was unable to prevent inherited runners from scoring after Clay Buchholz ran into trouble in the ninth. No runs were charged to Uehara, who said he's been having problems lately locating his splitter.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 6 Months

Uehara was tagged for five runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one while recording just two outs in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Friday night.

An extremely rare implosion for the Boston closer resulted in his third blown save on the season. There were a couple of hard hit balls but some of the damage came from bloops that found a hole so the outcome could easily have been different. He tossed 38 pitches in the game so his availability could be in question Saturday, but his job is certainly still secure.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 7 Months

With the Red Sox falling out of contention, manager John Farrell will not be pushing Uehara over the final six weeks, the Providence Journal reports.

We don't see Farrell using other pitchers to save games, but there will be non-save situations where Uehara's usage is affected. For example, in Friday night's extra-inning affair, Uehara needed just seven pitches to get through an inning, but did not come back for a second inning.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 7 Months

Uehara picked up his 25th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Uehara extended his string of scoreless innings to 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.32.