Boston Red Sox
current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#19 P | 6'2", 195 lbs. | Boston
Birth Date:April 3, 1975 (39 years old) Place of Birth:Osaka, JPN
Drafted:Signed by Baltimore in 2009.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2012.
Drafted:Signed by Baltimore in 2009.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2012.
|Assets:||Throws tons and tons of strikes. Has a wealth of experience and savvy. Is used to pressure situations, making him a great candidate to be used as a late-inning reliever.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have ideal size for a pitcher, so he can break down physically. Is also sometimes around the strike zone a bit too much--he doesn't waste enough pitches.|
|Career Potential:||Quality veteran reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||American League Championship - Most Valuable Player||2013|
Movements & Injuries
|4/17/2014||Missed 4 games (sore right shoulder).|
|4/12/2014||Sore right shoulder, day-to-day.|
|12/06/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|10/29/2012||Filed for free agency.|
|8/26/2012||Missed 66 games (strained right lat muscle).|
|6/15/2012||Strained right lat muscle, 15-day DL (retroactive to June 10th, 2012).|
|6/14/2012||Strained right lat muscle, day-to-day.|
|7/30/2011||Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles.|
|12/13/2010||Re-signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|6/27/2010||Missed 29 games (elbow injury).|
|5/25/2010||Elbow injury, early September.|
|5/06/2010||Missed 28 games (left hamstring injury).|
|4/03/2010||Left hamstring injury, early September (retroactive to March 26th, 2010).|
|9/19/2009||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right elbow injury).|
|6/28/2009||Right elbow injury, early September (retroactive to June 24th, 2009).|
|6/26/2009||Right elbow inflammation, day-to-day.|
|6/11/2009||Missed 16 games (strained left hamstring).|
|5/27/2009||Strained left hamstring, early September.|
|5/26/2009||Strained left hamstring, day-to-day.|
|1/13/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles to a two-year contract.|
|12/06/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox.|
|7/30/2011||Baltimores Orioles traded Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter.|
|1/13/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles.|
The Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson. | 09/29/2014 5:07 PM
NewsThe Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson.
ImpactThe problem is the one-year qualifying offer on this year's market is expected to be around $15.1 million. That is quite a hefty price for a 40-year-old closer that blew three saves after Aug. 21. We expect the Red Sox to try and bring Uehara back but will try and negotiate with him on the open market.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will take a couple of days off after his blown save Thursday against the Yankees. | 09/05/2014 4:23 PM
NewsRed Sox closer Koji Uehara will take a couple of days off after his blown save Thursday against the Yankees.
ImpactUehara has allowed 10 earned runs in his last six appearances. Edward Mujica is expected to act as closer while Uehara rests.
According to mlb.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he has no plans to shut down Koji Uehara despite his recent struggles. | 08/26/2014 10:09 PM
NewsAccording to mlb.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he has no plans to shut down Koji Uehara despite his recent struggles.
ImpactUehara has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings and he blew two saves and lost two games in that span. Farrell said Uehara has not reported any symptoms of fatigue.
Boston closer Koji Uehara blew his second straight save Monday at Toronto, but he picked up his sixth win of the year. | 08/25/2014 10:55 PM
NewsBoston closer Koji Uehara blew his second straight save Monday at Toronto, but he picked up his sixth win of the year.
ImpactUehara didn't exactly enter into the best situation, as Clay Buchholz had loaded the bases with one out in a 3-0 game. But those types of leads are usually safe with Uehara when he's on point. The 39-year-old has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings.
Boston closer Koji Uehara imploded Friday against the Mariners, allowing five runs after entering with a 3-0 lead. | 08/22/2014 10:56 PM
NewsBoston closer Koji Uehara imploded Friday against the Mariners, allowing five runs after entering with a 3-0 lead.
ImpactUehara gave up five hits and walked one while recording two outs. The right-hander has allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings his last three games after going 13 straight innings without giving up a run.
Red Sox would like to keep Koji Uehara | 07/20/2014 1:04 PM
NewsNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Koji Uehara is "in great demand," but the Red Sox "would like to hold on to him."
Nick Cafardo on Twitter
ImpactThe 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.
Koji Uehara racks up 19th save of the season | 07/19/2014 12:50 AM
NewsKoji Uehara racked up his 19th save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead against the Royals.
ImpactThe 39-year-old right-hander is in the midst of another unbelievable season, registering a 1.61 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 58/6 K/BB ratio over his 44 2/3 innings, while converting 19 of his 21 save chances. As long as he remains healthy and on the field, he should continue to post elite numbers across the board.
Uehara gets AL All-Star nod with Tanaka out | 07/09/2014 6:18 PM
NewsKoji Uehara will replace Masahiro Tanaka on the American League roster for the All-Star game.
MLB on Twitter
ImpactUehara is enjoying another fantastic year, owning a 1.30 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 52/6 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings. The right-hander also has 18 saves in 19 chances. Unbelievably, the All-Star selection is his first.
Dodgers would be interested in Red Sox RPs | 07/09/2014 1:17 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers would be interested in a handful of Red Sox relievers should they be made available.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactRosenthal lists Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow as potential targets. Uehara, Miller and Badenhop are all slated for free agency after the season, while Breslow has a $100,000 buyout attached to a $4 million club option for 2015.
Koji Uehara admits to having some fatigue | 07/02/2014 9:02 AM
NewsKoji Uehara admitted after Tuesday's game that the cause of his recent struggles might be related to "a little bit of fatigue."
ImpactUehara allowed a run in a tie game Tuesday to pick up the loss and has been scored upon in three of his last seven appearances, giving up three homers over that stretch. He hasn't really been overworked over the two-week period, but age could be a factor for the 39-year-old. "I probably need to get younger," Uehara joked. Ultimately, the closer should be fine. He still sports a ridiculous 1.40 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 49/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 frames this season.
Uehara allows 9th-inning run, takes rare loss | 07/01/2014 11:06 PM
NewsKoji Uehara took his second loss of the season, allowing a run in the ninth inning in Tuesday's defeat at the hands of the Cubs.
ImpactIt's notable simply because Uehara has been so good. The closer has been more human lately, having allowed runs in three out of his last seven appearances. The Cubs put runners on second and third to lead off the ninth inning, allowing Luis Valbuena to plate a run with a sacrifice fly. Uehara's numbers are still great, though, as he has a 1.40 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a 49/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings.
Uehara works perfect inning to record save | 06/30/2014 12:17 AM
NewsKoji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday, preserving a three-run lead and earning his 18th save of the season.
ImpactThe 39-year-old hurler has once again been lights-out in the closer's role for the Red Sox, posting a 1.19 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 48/5 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings while converting all but one of his first 19 save chances.
Uehara sustains first blown save vs. A's | 06/22/2014 8:55 PM
NewsKoji Uehara suffered his first blown save of the season on Sunday, allowing two runs in the ninth inning of an extra-innings win over the A's.
ImpactUehara gave up a solo shot to Stephen Vogt with one out and recorded a second out before John Jaso tied the game with his solo blast. Uehara has now allowed five runs all season, with all five coming on solo homers. The good news for Uehara owners is he ended up getting the victory out of the ordeal. Also good news is that he remains one of the most dominant relievers in the game, owning a 1.30 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 44/4 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings this year. All is still well.
Koji Uehara gives up third run of the year | 06/18/2014 4:38 PM
NewsKoji Uehara allowed his third solo homer and his third run of the season on Wednesday, but he ended up with the win against the Twins.
ImpactChris Parmelee snuck one over the wall in right for the third run Uehara has given up in 32 2/3 innings. Since becoming a reliever, he's allowed 28 homers and 52 runs in 252 innings, which makes for a pretty incredible ratio.
Uehara works a perfect ninth for 14th save | 06/12/2014 10:31 PM
NewsKoji Uehara picked up his 14th save of the season, working a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Indians.
ImpactTwo ground outs and a strikeout in what was yet another easy ninth inning for Uehara. The right-hander has now had 17 consecutive scoreless appearances, which has brought his ERA and WHIP down to 0.63 and 0.73, respectively. Uehara also has a 39/4 K/BB ratio and has yet to blow a save this season.
Uehara punches out two Orioles for 13th save | 06/10/2014 11:37 PM
NewsKoji Uehara struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save against the Orioles on Tuesday.
ImpactUehara allowed a single in his inning of work, but he worked around that -- and a dropped foul ball by catcher A.J. Pierzynski that Nick Markakis new life -- to fan Markakis and Manny Machado to end the game. The right-hander is enjoying another fabulous season, as he's now a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities with a 0.65 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 38/4 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings this year.
Uehara notches first save since May 11 | 05/26/2014 6:49 PM
NewsKoji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Braves for his 10th save of the season.
ImpactUehara gave up a one-out single to Chris Johnson, but was able to induce a double play grounder from Andrelton Simmons to end the ballgame. In case you haven't noticed, the Red Sox haven't been winning many games recently, so this was his first save since May 11. He now has a 0.92 ERA and 29/3 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings for the year.
Uehara fans two for ninth save vs. Rangers | 05/11/2014 8:03 PM
NewsKoji Uehara struck out two in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Rangers on Sunday.
ImpactUehara has nine saves without a blown save on the year. The right-hander appears to be fine after shoulder tightness hindered his performance near the end of April. Uehara has a 1.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 24/3 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings this season.
Koji Uehara strikes out side for save | 05/07/2014 11:14 PM
NewsKoji Uehara struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth Wednesday to earn the save in Boston's 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
ImpactIt was Uehara's best outing since he returned from shoulder tightness last month. He was struggling terribly, with his ERA all of the way up to 1.32 going into the night. Tonight's perfect inning was is first since April 9.
Uehara escapes ninth inning with fifth save | 04/26/2014 4:36 PM
NewsKoji Uehara got into a bit of trouble in the ninth inning on Saturday, but managed to escape with his fifth save of the season.
ImpactTaking over with a two-run lead, he surrendered a solo homer to Jose Bautista and a one-out single to Dioner Navarro to put the winning run at the plate, but was able to battle back and get the next two outs to lock up the save. The 39-year-old hurler sports a fantastic 0.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 16/1 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings on the season.
Koji Uehara picks up fourth save | 04/19/2014 4:46 PM
NewsKoji Uehara issued his first walk since last Aug. 5, but he struck out the other three Orioles he faced for a save Saturday.
ImpactUehara went his last 23 regular-season innings, 13 2/3 postseason innings and then six innings this year without walking a batter before throwing ball four to Matt Wieters today. His current 11/1 K/BB ratio this season is actually worse than his mark from last year (101/9) or 2012 (43/3).
| 04/18/2014 4:10 AM
NewsKoji Uehara returned to action on Thursday April 17.
Koji Uehara returns to mound, earns save | 04/18/2014 12:11 AM
NewsKoji Uehara earned a save with a scoreless ninth in his return to the mound Thursday against the White Sox.
ImpactUehara showed his usual velocity in his return from a sore shoulder, but he did give up a single and miss up with a couple of splitters to a dangerous hitter in Jose Abreu with two outs. Fortunately, Abreu didn't take a cut at either of those before grounding out on a better offering. In all, Uehara threw 13 pitches. The Red Sox will likely be especially careful with him for the next few weeks, so if they have another save situation on Friday, we imagine it will go to Edward Mujica.
Uehara comes out of 34-pitch bullpen alright | 04/16/2014 6:17 PM
NewsKoji Uehara threw a 34-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and came out of it fine.
Tim Britton on Twitter
ImpactIt was the last real hurdle before the right-hander returns to action for the Red Sox. He won't be available for Wednesday's game after throwing so many pitches in the bullpen, but he'll be ready for use for Thursday. It's assumed, then, that he'll also be ready to roll if a save opportunity arises.
Uehara (shoulder) hopes to be ready Thursday | 04/15/2014 6:21 PM
NewsKoji Uehara (shoulder) is on track to be available out of the Red Sox' bullpen on Thursday.
Sean McAdam on Twitter
ImpactUehara long-tossed again Tuesday with greater intensity and is slated to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He should immediately regain his closer duties, but Edward Mujica would be used if save situations came up Tuesday and/or Wednesday.
Uehara's (shoulder) MRI comes back clean | 04/14/2014 8:16 PM
NewsTests on Koji Uehara's right shoulder have confirmed that he has no structural damage.
Nick Cafardo on Twitter
ImpactThe Red Sox suspected that the MRI would be clean, as Uehara was able to get through a throwing session Sunday with no issues. He'll rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday in Chicago, though it's not clear whether he'll be available to pitch immediately. Edward Mujica could still see the next save chance or two.
Uehara expected to rejoin team on Tuesday | 04/13/2014 6:12 PM
NewsKoji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday after undergoing further tests in Boston on Monday.
Pete Abraham on Twitter
ImpactThe Red Sox were pleased with his throwing session on Sunday and Uehara noted that he felt better than expected. There is growing optimism that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Uehara plays catch on flat ground on Sunday | 04/13/2014 5:40 PM
NewsKoji Uehara (shoulder)was able to play catch and throw some pitches off flat ground on Sunday without any issues.
Pete Abraham on Twitter
ImpactUehara appeared to be working at normal effort. It doesn't sound like the Red Sox will make a decision on him until after he undergoes further testing in Boston on Monday. Should he require a trip to the disabled list, Edward Mujica would be the most likely to handle save chances in his absence.
Uehara could head to Boston for more tests | 04/12/2014 11:38 AM
NewsKoji Uehara (shoulder) will attempt to long toss on Sunday, but could inevitably return to Boston for further tests on Monday.
Sean McAdam on Twitter
ImpactThe Red Sox are still gathering information on his situation, but it's starting to look like a trip to the disabled list could be a very realistic possibility. Edward Mujica should be snatched up in all fantasy leagues where he's available.
Uehara (shoulder) unlikely to pitch Saturday | 04/12/2014 10:38 AM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell said he'll likely stay away from using Koji Uehara on Saturday and then see how he feels on Sunday.
Brian MacPherson on Twitter
ImpactThe Red Sox are holding out hope that the issue is minor and that Uehara will be able to resume his closing duties on Sunday. If he's unable to do so and requires a trip to the disabled list, Edward Mujica would get the ball in the ninth inning in his stead.
Koji Uehara day-to-day with stiff shoulder | 04/12/2014 8:42 AM
NewsKoji Uehara is considered day-to-day with minor stiffness in his right shoulder.
ImpactThe 39-year-old right-hander said that the injury is similar to what he felt two years ago in Texas, an injury that lingered for several months. Edward Mujica picked up a save in his absence on Saturday and could be worth a look as a speculative add in mixed leagues until Uehara returns to the mound.
Uehara dealing with minor shoulder stiffness | 04/11/2014 10:32 PM
NewsKoji Uehara wasn't used in a save situation in Friday's win over the Yankees as he's dealing with minor stiffness in his shoulder.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactRed Sox manager John Farrell said that it was merely precautionary, but it's certainly something fantasy owners should keep an eye on. Edward Mujica got the call instead and worked as scoreless ninth inning to convert his first save as a member of the Red Sox.
Uehara to begin season as Red Sox closer | 12/07/2013 2:09 PM
NewsRed Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated Saturday that he expects Koji Uehara to begin the 2014 season as the Red Sox closer.
Scott Lauber on Twitter
ImpactIt's no surprise considering the 38-year-old is coming off one of the most dominating seasons of any reliever in major league history, posting a 1.09 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and unbelievable 101/9 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings. Cherington also noted that he "would love to have more than one closer on the team", referring to the recently signed Edward Mujica who should be considered as a handcuff to Uehara in fantasy drafts.
Uehara closes door on Cardinals in Game 4 | 10/27/2013 11:57 PM
NewsKoji Uehara closed the door on the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday, preserving a two-run advantage and evening the series at two games apiece.
ImpactThe 38-year-old right-hander allowed a one-out single to pinch-hitter Allen Craig, then retired Matt Carpenter and astonishingly picked off pinch-runner Kolten Wong to end the game. He's now racked up six saves this postseason while compiling a 0.79 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 13/0 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Koji Uehara available for more than an inning | 10/27/2013 6:09 PM
NewsRed Sox skipper John Farrell said Sunday that Koji Uehara is available for more than an inning of work if necessary during Game 4 of the World Series.
Alex Speier on Twitter
ImpactUehara worked just 1/3 of an inning in the Red Sox loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, and Farrell won't hesitate to utilize his best reliever for more than three outs in a near must-win game on Sunday. After compiling one of the best regular seasons of any reliever in Major League history, Uehara has posted a miniscule 0.87 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 13/0 K/BB ratio through 10 1/3 innings in the postseason.
Uehara slams door on Tigers, wins ALCS MVP | 10/20/2013 12:42 AM
NewsKoji Uehara once again slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth inning on Saturday, and afterwards was named ALCS MVP for his dominance in the series.
ImpactUehara surrendered a two-out single to Austin Jackson on Saturday, but that was the extent of the damage against him as he fanned a pair in another scoreless inning of work. For the series, Uehara appeared in five games, firing six scoreless innings of relief, fanning nine, walking none and allowing just four hits. He's the first relief pitcher to earn the award since Mariano Rivera in 2003. He'll look to continue his magical 2013 season against the Cardinals in the World Series.
Uehara could be used for more than an inning | 10/19/2013 5:31 PM
NewsKoji Uehara could again be used for more than an inning during Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday.
Alex Speier on Twitter
ImpactRed Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Saturday that Uehara has exhibited some signs of fatigue, but remains the team's finest option in the late innings, and is still capable of getting more than three outs if needed. In late-game situations, he's relied almost exclusively on Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Uehara in this series, and if Saturday proves to be another close ballgame, that's unlikely to change.
Koji Uehara nails down save Tuesday | 10/15/2013 8:06 PM
NewsKoji Uehara struck out two while recording the final four outs of the game in Tuesday's victory over the Tigers.
ImpactHe came on after Junichi Tazawa got a big strikeout of Miguel Cabrera with runners on the corners and one out. Uehara then got a punchout of his own, retiring Prince Fielder on three pitches. He allowed a leadoff single to Victor Martinez in the ninth but then got a double play and strikeout to close it out. Uehara has allowed one run and boasts a 9/0 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings this postseason.
Uehara available for extended work Saturday | 10/05/2013 2:49 PM
NewsRed Sox manger John Farrell indicated Saturday that Koji Uehara would be available to get more than three outs if needed in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.
Tim Britton on Twitter
ImpactWith Uehara already being well-rested and an additional off-day on Sunday, look for the Red Sox phenomenal closer to get the ball in the eighth inning if the proper situation arises on Saturday.
Koji Uehara works 1 2/3 to earn 20th save | 09/20/2013 10:57 PM
NewsKoji Uehara was called upon to record the final five outs against the Blue Jays on Friday, securing his 20th save of the season in the process.
ImpactUehara did allow a pair of hits and struck out two in the ballgame. He's been one of the most dominant late inning relievers in the league this season, compiling a 1.14 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 98/9 K/BB ratio over his 71 1/3 innings of work.
Uehara has retired 27 consecutive hitters | 09/07/2013 8:47 AM
NewsWith a perfect inning in Friday's victory over the Yankees, Koji Uehara has now retired each of the last 27 hitters that he's faced.
ImpactWhile the "perfect game" is a nice accomplishment, Uehara is taking it all in stride. He admitted on Friday though that he can't remember the last time he allowed a baserunner. That would be a double surrendered to Lyle Overbay way back on August 17. The 37-year-old has been unbelievable this season, compiling a 1.12 ERA, 0.59 WHIP and 89/9 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings of work.
Uehara tosses perfect 9th, earns 16th save | 09/01/2013 7:03 PM
NewsKoji Uehara retired all three White Sox' batters he faced in the ninth inning on Sunday, earning his 16th save of the season.
ImpactThe last time Uehara allowed a run (June 30), you were still planning your Independence Day party. He's struck out at least one batter in seven straight appearances. One of the majors' elite relievers, Uehara boasts a 1.17 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in 61 appearances.
Koji Uehara's 2014 option vests | 08/13/2013 10:48 PM
NewsKoji Uehara's $4.25 million option for 2014 vested with his 55th appearance Tuesday.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactWith the same $4.25 million salary for 2013, Uehara has provided incredible value for the Red Sox this season, posting a microscopic 1.32 ERA and 0.68 WHIP while doing a fine job since taking over the closer role. He'll turn 39 around Opening Day next year but should remain an elite reliever.
Uehara's option to vest after one more outing | 08/12/2013 1:44 PM
NewsKoji Uehara's $4.25 million option for the 2014 season will vest after one more relief appearance.
ImpactThe money becomes guaranteed when Uehara pitches in 55 games, and he's pitched in 54. The 38-year-old right-hander has been a major bargain this season for the Red Sox, boasting a 1.35 ERA and 74/9 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. And he'll probably be a bargain again in 2014.
Koji Uehara notches ninth save of the season | 07/19/2013 10:46 PM
NewsKoji Uehara retired all three Yankees he faced in the ninth inning on Friday, earning his ninth save of the season.
ImpactUehara has been nothing short of brilliant since taking over as the Red Sox primary closer. In 13 1/3 innings since assuming the role, he's allowed just one earned run while posting a 19/1 K/BB ratio.
Koji Uehara converts seventh save | 07/11/2013 8:33 PM
NewsKoji Uehara nailed down his seventh save of the season with a perfect 10th inning in Thursday's win over the Mariners.
ImpactUehara got lucky when Jason Bay's long blast went foul, but he then struck out Bay and Brad Miller to end it. The righty has blown a couple saves since taking over at closer, but he's allowed just five baserunners over 10 appearances since getting the gig. He's a good bet to keep it over the long haul.
Koji Uehara blows save but gets win | 06/30/2013 5:02 PM
NewsKoji Uehara blew his first save since taking over as the Red Sox' closer Sunday, allowing a game-tying solo homer to Jose Bautista in the ninth inning.
ImpactUehara then gave up a single to Edwin Encarnacion, but he got out of the inning with a striktout and a lineout and then scooped up a win when the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the inning. It's the first time Uehara's been scored upon in his last 10 appearances. He's always going to be homer-prone (he's served up five this season), but Uehara is certainly good enough to keep the closer gig for the rest of the season.
Uehara notches save in third straight game | 06/28/2013 11:10 PM
NewsKoji Uehara notched a save in a third straight game Friday against the Blue Jays.
ImpactUehara struck out two and didn't allow a hit. There's no way Red Sox manager John Farrell will go to him four days in a row, so look for Junichi Tazawa to get the ball in a potential save situation Saturday.
Uehara could be used Friday vs. Blue Jays | 06/28/2013 6:04 PM
NewsRed Sox manager John Farrell hasn't ruled out using Koji Uehara in a third straight day Friday.
Brian MacPherson on Twitter
ImpactUehara has notched saves in each of the past two days while throwing a total of 29 pitches. Ideally they won't need to use him, but Farrell doesn't think he has been used excessively. "The last two outings have not been high-stress, even though they're the ninth inning," said Farrell. Junichi Tazawa would be the most likely alternative if he decides to go in another direction Friday.
Koji Uehara records save against Blue Jays | 06/27/2013 9:55 PM
NewsKoji Uehara notched his second save in two days Thursday in the Red Sox's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays.
ImpactIt was another one-two-three innings for Uehara, and this one included two strikeouts. The Red Sox probably won't want to use him three days in a row, so maybe Junichi Tazawa will get a save chance Friday should there be a lead in the ninth.
Koji Uehara nails down save Wednesday | 06/26/2013 7:53 PM
NewsKoji Uehara nailed down the save with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.
ImpactIt was Uehara's first save chance since being named the Red Sox' closer over the weekend. The club plans to be careful with Uehara's workload, but with a 2.03 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 44/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings this season, there's no reason to believe he won't be successful in the closer role.
Red Sox plan to use Koji Uehara at closer | 06/21/2013 4:31 PM
NewsKoji Uehara said Friday that he was told he was told by Red Sox manager John Farrell that he will serve as the closer.
Evan Drellich on Twitter
ImpactHe'll replace the struggling Andrew Bailey, who will get a break from the closer role for now. The decision comes as minor surprise, as many pegged Junichi Tazawa as the favorite to take over. Uehara is obviously no slouch, but the Red Sox figure to be careful about his workload.
Uehara notches save in win over Twins | 05/17/2013 11:55 PM
NewsKoji Uehara notched his first save of the season in Friday's 3-2 win over the Twins in 10 innings.
ImpactThe Red Sox pulled ahead in the top of the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Jonny Gomes and Uehara sat the Twins down in order to finish off the victory. Junichi Tazawa is supposed to be the fill-in closer, but he was unavailable after throwing 25 pitches over two innings on Thursday night. Oddly enough, Tazawa has yet to get a save opportunity with Andrew Bailey (biceps) and Joel Hanrahan (elbow) both sidelined. And with Bailey due back on Monday, his window is closing.
Uehara pitching well in relief for Red Sox | 04/29/2013 12:46 PM
NewsKoji Uehara has a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio through 10 2/3 innings this season.
ImpactThe Red Sox signed Uehara this winter to a one-year, $4.25 million contract, which looked like a steal at the time and is looking even better here in late April. The 38-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.83 career ERA and 0.91 career WHIP in 222-plus major league innings.
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Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||2.0||3 times-last: vs. Bal||last: Jul 6||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||7 times-last: at Pit||last: Sep 16||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||74.1||2013 (Bos)|
|Games Started||12||2009 (Bal)|
|Hits Allowed||71||2009 (Bal)|
|Runs Allowed||33||2009 (Bal)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||30||2009 (Bal)|
|Home Runs Allowed||11||2011 (Bal/Tex)|
|Earned Run Average||1.09*||2013 (Bos)|