Red Sox Notes: Koji Uehara Takes Sizable Step Forward In Injury Battle

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox really want that Chairman’s Cup, apparently. OK, the annual award given to the winner of the spring training series between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins probably wasn’t on Boston’s mind as Thursday’s Grapefruit League game progressed at JetBlue Park. But the Red Sox still pulled out a dramatic...
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Poll: Which Boston Red Sox Injury Is The Biggest Cause For Concern?

The Boston Red Sox have remained relatively healthy throughout spring training, but the few injuries that have cropped up are to some core members of the team. Starting pitcher Joe Kelly was one of the first Red Sox to go down, though the biceps soreness he experienced in his throwing arm initially was written off as a simple dead arm issue. But on Tuesday...
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Red Sox Players Reveal Which Boston Pitcher Owns ‘Nastiest Pitch’

This embed is invalid" /> What’s the nastiest pitch thrown by a Boston Red Sox pitcher? That’s the question the Boston Herald recently set out to answer at Red Sox spring training. And the answer, according to the Herald, was almost unanimous: Koji Uehara’s splitter. Because the responses were so overwhelmingly in favor of Uehara’s split, the...
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Christian Vazquez’s Opening Day Status With Red Sox Unclear Due To Injury

This embed is invalid" /> Two days after John Farrell said there was “growing concern” over whether closer Koji Uehara will be ready for Opening Day, the Boston Red Sox manager expressed a similar sentiment regarding catcher Christian Vazquez. Vazquez has been battling elbow soreness over the last couple of weeks and it’s unclear whether the...
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Red Sox Podcast: Koji Uehara’s Injury Troublesome With Opening Day Approaching

The new-look Boston Red Sox have been fairly healthy this spring. But the injuries are piling up on the pitching staff and could be a cause for concern approaching Opening Day. There’s stiff competition for some spots in Boston’s bullpen, and with injuries to starter Joe Kelly and closer Koji Uehara, the Red Sox may need to start determining pitching roles sooner rather than...
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Koji Uehara Ready For Opening Day? ‘Growing Concern,’ John Farrell Says

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara’s Opening Day status hangs in the balance. Uehara, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, hasn’t pitched in a spring training game since March 14. And now, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, the veteran closer might not be ready for the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji's Opening Day Readiness In Serious Doubt

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)After putting on a good face for several days, Red Sox manager John Farrell has finally admitted that Koji Uehara may not be ready for Opening Day (April 6th in Philadelphia). Uehara has been suffering from right hamstring tightness—and has not pitched in a game since March 14th. As each new day passes without game action for the closer, his readiness for...
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Edward Mujica Ready For Red Sox’s Closer Role If Koji Uehara Can’t Go

This embed is invalid" /> Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was noncommittal Thursday when discussing who could be the team’s closer if/when Koji Uehara is unavailable. Edward Mujica, however, is very committed to being ready if his name is called. “For me, confidence is an important thing,” Mujica told the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato...
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Should The Sox Consider A Papelbon Return?

Papelbon Flying High In 2007Koji Uehara, our 40-year-old closer, is hurting. Edward Mujica—his likely sub—is a crap shoot. Matt Barnes—the young stud who could fill-in—has been spotty this Spring. So, there's a case to be made for bringing back Jonathan Papelbon, right? The mere suggestion has brought on a torrent of controversy in The Nation. WEEI.com's Rob Bradford asked...
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Koji Uehara: Opening Day Might Be ‘Close Call,’ But ‘I Should Be Ready’

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara could be described as cautiously optimistic. Uehara, who suffered a strained left hamstring Tuesday while running before the Boston Red Sox’s spring training game against the Atlanta Braves, can’t say with any certainty whether he’ll be ready for the team’s April 6 season opener against the Philadelphia...
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5 Closer Sleepers for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

PanAmericanWorld.com Everyone has a different definition for sleeper. Some say it’s any player that’s undervalued; a post-hype sleeper like Brett Lawrie. Another definition is a player who is poised to breakout (i.e. Corey Kluber last year). My definition of sleeper is a player you expect to produce minimal value, but will produce more value. Another way of thinking of it is...
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Koji Uehara Not Concerned About Shaky Start To Red Sox Spring Training

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara recently looked very sharp during live batting practice on the back fields at JetBlue Park. The Boston Red Sox closer’s crispness didn’t spill over into his first spring training appearance. Uehara surrendered two doubles, a single and a run Friday as the Red Sox lost to the Miami Marlins 5-3 in Grapefruit...
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Curt Schilling gets Yankees worker fired for sending vulgar tweets about daughter

Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports Curt Schilling took to Twitter to announce that his 17-year-old daughter got accepted to college where she could continue to play softball. Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!! — Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015   Unfortunately, a few Twitter users responded with awful, violent...
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Red Sox GM: David Ortiz can be a Red Sox for ‘as long as he wants to’

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports David Ortiz arrived at Red Sox camp Tuesday to begin his 19th MLB season. “I think anytime David walks through the room it lightens it up,” said manager John Farrell, via MLB.com. “It brings an energy. He looks in great shape. Had a chance to talk with him earlier when he first got in here this morning. He’s full-go and a major part of everything...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Uehara Was Bothered By Back Pain In 2014

Koji Uehara's horrific run last August and September was apparently not due to fatigue—as had been previously thought. It has now been revealed that Boston's closer was experiencing back pain during that period that forced an alteration in his pitching mechanics. Said Koji, "I didn’t talk about it at that time. I think I’m over it. I’m not going to go into specifics, but...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara: I Battled ‘Physical’ Issue Late In Red Sox’s 2014 Season

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara finally confirmed the suspicions. While it looked late last season like something was bothering Uehara physically, the Boston Red Sox closer never admitted such. Until Monday. “It was more physical,” Uehara told reporters Monday through a translator at the team’s spring training complex in Fort Myers. ...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Boston Red Sox's bullpen gamble

The Boston Red Sox have made several moves during our most recent edition of MLB’s offseason. Adding infielders Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval was big, but they’ve also beefed up their starting rotation with the acquisitions of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson. Yet, one of their earliest moves might just end up proving to be the strangest: re-signing Koji...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Likes Sox Moves This Off-Season

Koji And Fan (FenwayNation Photo)In an interview with The Japan Times, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara stated that he likes the moves his team has made this off-season. Said Koji, "I think it’s going to be a really good team." The 40-year old Uehara said of his new two-year contract, "I’m grateful. I believe I am indebted to the team and I want to do my best to repay that." Despite...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: Red Sox bullpen may come down to two spots

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor The Red Sox bullpen isn’t yet a finished product, but it does feature its fair share of shoe-in’s as the 2015 season draws near. After re-upping on a two year, $18 million deal Koji Uehara seems poised to anchor Boston’s pen for the third straight year. Last season, the 39-year old posted a respectable 2.52 ERA in over 60 innings pitched, but...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #185: Koji Uehara | RP | BOS

I’m not sure fans noticed how great Koji Uehara is until Koji-Mania took hold mid-way through Boston’s 2013 World Series run, but starting in 2010 (Uehara’s first season as a reliever) he’s been the best relief pitcher not named Craig Kimbrel. The table below shows the top 10 relievers, by ERA since the start of 2010 along with the performances in several other key areas...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox need to cover Koji Uehara bet

Covering the closer bet?Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer While there has been a ton of activity on the line about the Red Sox chase of the bit off season tickets Jon Lester and Pablo Sandavol, it is the smaller targets that could mean the most to the Red Sox chances of contending in the coming years.Take Andrew Miller as the top example.He is a left handed reliever traded at...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Need to Make a Free Agent Splash This Off-Season

Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park. (Mandatory Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox ended the 2014 season in last place in the American League East with a 71-91 record just one season after winning the World Series. The Red Sox still feature some established stars...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to 2-year extension

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 2 year, $18 million dollar extension with their struggling closer, Koji Uehara reports Alex Speiri of WEII.com. Two years, $18M for Koji Uehara. — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 30, 2014 Uehara, 40, is coming off of another good season in the AL East as the closer for the Red Sox and an impressive stretch that began when the Red Sox acquired...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bring Back Koji

The Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Koji Uehara to a 2-year $18 million dollar contract.  The Sox had exclusive rights to negotiate with him until Tuesday and were able to work out the deal before other teams got in the mix. Koji went from unhittable during 2013 and part of 2014 to an inconsistent reliever in the second half of 2014.  Most of this can be blamed on a lower back...
Via Fenway West
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox dismiss age in signing Koji Uehara for 2 more years

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston's third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay him $9 million in each of the next two years,...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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