Koji Uehara Has Been Great, But Can He Keep It Up All Season? (Video)

Amid serious struggles from the starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen has been a bright spot. As a whole, Red Sox relievers have combined for a 2.45 ERA, good for fourth in the American League. Closer Koji Uehara has been a big part of the group’s success on the back end, but despite his performance NESN’s Dennis Eckersley and Steve Lyons...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz suspended one game for contact with ump

Your browser does not support iframes. Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from MLB on Tuesday for making contact with umpire John Tumpane during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Ortiz has elected to appeal the suspension, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday. “It’s kind of a weird situation...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Extreme Splitter Usage

As noted in Sunday’s column, Koji Uehara has thrown 24 pitches this season, and 21 of them have been splitters. Even for a two-game sample, that’s pretty extreme. Only one other pitcher – Red Sox teammate Edward Mujica (57.6%) – has thrown a splitter with more than 50% frequency in the early going. Last year’s […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Off To Strong Start Despite Injury Concerns, Age (Video)

Koji Uehara was a big part of the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win in 2013, but there was reason to doubt the pitcher’s abilities entering the 2015 season. Boston’s closer was not his usual lights-out self at the end of last season, and a hamstring injury put him out for much of spring training into the beginning of the regular season. And after...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Japanese Media Celebrate Uehara And Tazawa

(Associated Press Photo)After last night's 3-2 walk-off win by the Red Sox, The Japanese News celebrated the key roles played by both Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. The right-handed relievers delivered back-to-back clean innings at the end of the contest—setting up the game-winning celebration after the bloop RBI by Xander Bogaerts. Uehara picked up the win in the 3-2 victory...
Via FenwayNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Survives Scare In Return To Red Sox Vs. Nationals (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Darude’s “Sandstorm” blared out of the loudspeakers, the Fenway Park crowd erupted and No. 19 ran in from the Red Sox’s bullpen. Koji Uehara returned to his ninth-inning post Tuesday and recorded the final three outs in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals, albeit with a scare. Uehara, who started the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox closer Uehara activated from 15-day DL

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing Boston's first six games. To make room on their roster before Monday's home opener against the Washington Nationals, the Red Sox optioned left-hander Tommy Layne to Triple-A Pawtucket. Uehara was sidelined with a strained left hamstring after appearing in three spring training games...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Returns To Red Sox, Says Hamstring ‘No Problem At All’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Koji Uehara didn’t circle the Red Sox’s home opener on his calendar. It just worked out this way. The Red Sox activated Uehara from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. Left-handed reliever Tommy Layne was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Expected To Be Activated From DL For Red Sox Home Opener

It looks as though the Boston Red Sox won’t have to wait much longer for their closer to return. The club expects Koji Uehara to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals, manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato on Sunday. Uehara has been rehabbing from a hamstring...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Could Return For Red Sox’s Home Opener At Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> NEW YORK — The ninth inning could belong to Koji Uehara on Opening Day at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not ruled out Uehara potentially returning for Monday’s home opener in Boston, manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the Yankees in the Bronx. Uehara, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury,...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Red Sox Opening Day Roster

From the Boston Red Sox: BOSTON, MA-The Boston Red Sox set their 2015 Opening Day 25-man roster by making the following moves: Right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 27) with a left hamstring strain, and left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 29) with left elbow inflammation...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox to raise or dash season hopes

(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The Red Sox will be starting the 2015 season on Monday against the Phillies which makes now the perfect time to size up their chances.Looking back over the last three years, this team went worst to first to worst.Can it keep this cycle going?Don't hold your breath.Even with some predictions putting them in the divers seat...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Wishes Koji Uehara Happy Birthday, Calls Him Old (Photos)

Koji Uehara celebrated his birthday Friday, and David Ortiz was quick to point out how old the pitcher is. The Boston Red Sox closer is 40, making him the oldest guy on the team. Ortiz, who doesn’t turn the big four-oh until November 18, posted not one, but two photos to Instagram wishing Uehara a happy birthday while reveling in the fact that he...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Kelly and Uehara start season on DL

The injury bug strikes early for the Boston Red Sox, as you may already know catcher Christian Vazquez will miss the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery, and now two key pitchers in Joe Kelly and Koji Uehara will start the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara: ‘I Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back’ From Injury With Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara’s status doesn’t appear to be improving. Uehara, who has been battling a hamstring injury at Boston Red Sox spring training, said Monday after throwing a bullpen session that he again felt soreness in the same area. The closer is likely to begin the season on the disabled list and there is no clear timetable...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Not Likely To Be Ready For Boston Red Sox For Opening Day

This embed is invalid" /> The ninth inning probably will look a little different to begin the season. Koji Uehara, who has been battling a hamstring injury, is “not likely” to be ready for Opening Day, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. While Uehara hasn’t officially been ruled out for the Red Sox’s April 6 opener, Farrell indicated...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Koji Uehara Not Ruled Out For Opening Day After Bullpen Session

The Boston Red Sox’s offense finally came alive Saturday, but off-field developments took up a majority of the focus. The Red Sox smacked 10 hits en route to a 9-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Saturday afternoon’s Grapefruit League matchup. While Boston was rounding the bases, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara participated in his...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Koji Uehara missing Opening Day?

A key piece for the Boston Red Sox bullpen is their closer, Koji Uehara. But how will the Red Sox perform without their closer on Opening Day? The soon-to-be 40-year old, right-handed pitcher is speculated to miss Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies. Uehara is still in the process of recovering from a hamstring injury that occurred during spring training. The last day that...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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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March 25, 2015  |  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...
Via FenwayNation
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 07, 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
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