Koji Uehara RP BOS 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 Months

Uehara gave up two hits while pitching a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save of the season Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Uehara wiggled out of trouble after allowing singles by Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras. The right-hander has been rock solid when given the infrequent opportunity to close out a game for Boston. He sports a 1.39 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and is 23-for-25 in save chances on the year.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 Months

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are unlikely to trade closer Koji Uehara.

The Red Sox are reportedly considering trading the likes of Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but they apparently intend to make a qualifying offer to Uehara, who is an impending free agent. Because the qualifying offer will likely be in the area of one-year, $15 million this offseason, the thought is that he will accept. Of course, the Red Sox could trade Uehara and still re-sign him as a free agent, but there's the chance they would have to guarantee multiple years in order to do so.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 Months

Koji Uehara allowed a hit but recorded all three outs via strikeout to earn the save against the Rays on Sunday.

Uehara gave up a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar to start the ninth before fanning Sean Rodriguez, Curt Casali and Kevin Kiermaier to end it. The right-hander has now struck out 63 while walking just six in 47 2/3 innings of work. Uehara has 21 saves, a 1.51 ERA and 0.76 WHIP on the season.

Koji Uehara RP BOS 3 Months

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Koji Uehara is "in great demand," but the Red Sox "would like to hold on to him."

The Red Sox are still seven games out in the Wild Card race and seem likely to be sellers at the trade deadline, but they apparently don't want to give up their closer. Uehara will be a free agent after the season and will turn 40 around Opening Day next year, but perhaps Boston will consider extending him or making him a qualifying offer this winter. He's been one of the best relievers in the game again in 2014, posting a 1.58 ERA and 59/6 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings.