The Wind Up: Let’s Make a Deal

Major League Baseball’s occupants have wasted little time this past week in making offseason waves. We’ve got three trades to discuss, a couple of notable surgeries, and what resulted from 20 extended qualifying offers. We’re just getting started, friends. Kimbrel Finds a New Home It looks like Koji Uehara is set to become the odd man out in Boston’s bullpen, unless the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara to rumble for closer role

Koji Uehara (The Associated Press)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The ink was not even dried yet on closer Craig Kimbrel's shiny new Boston Red Sox contract after being traded by the Padres, when manager John Farrell jumped on a call with Koji Uehara.The first thing Farrell asked was if Uehara would return to the setup role he held back at the start of his tenure with the Red...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Learns How To Throw Football Thanks To Eli Manning (Video)

Koji Uehara is known for his devastating splitter on the mound. But throwing a football? Not so much. At least that was the case until Thursday, when the Boston Red Sox closer visited the New York Giants’ locker room for some impromptu throwing lessons from quarterback Eli Manning. Look at that spiral. But as Manning points out in the video, Uehara probably still throws a baseball...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

The real problem here

Brian Hines (@JonLestersGhost)Contributing WriterWe are about 2 weeks away from the offseason and as a Red Sox fan, you'll probably be sick of the word "ace" in about 2 weeks and 1 day (if you're not already sick of it). But as we do need that horse in the front of the rotation, nobody is focusing enough on the bullpen. A strong rotation would help this team, but without a bullpen...
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October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen Offseason Outlook: Relief Unit Filled With Uncertainty

Building a formidable bullpen is difficult, tedious and often requires some luck. There’s so much year-to-year volatility with relievers that an awful bullpen one season can become a strong unit the next, and vice versa. The importance of finding the right mix of arms is especially vital nowadays, however, which makes this offseason interesting for the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Target: Darren O’ Day

DETROIT, MI – JULY 19: Darren O’Day #56 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Dave Dombrowski has a very important off-season ahead of him, and a large wish list in order to get the Boston Red Sox back to the postseason in 2016...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Relief Pitcher Roman Mendez Off Waivers From Rangers

The Boston Red Sox added bullpen depth Friday. The Red Sox announced they claimed right-handed reliever Roman Mendez off waivers from the Texas Rangers. To make room for Mendez on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox moved closer Koji Uehara to the 60-day disabled list. The Red Sox are familiar with the 25-year-old pitcher. Mendez was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa Remains At Closer Despite Struggles Vs. Royals (Video)

Even though Junichi Tazawa blew a save opportunity against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox plan to keep him at closer. Tazawa, who excelled in the set-up role, moved to closer after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury. And even though he has struggled at times in his new role, the job remains his. “We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning,”...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Continues To Do Well At Closer With Koji Uehara Injured (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have won three games in a row, and the last two were closed out by Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has been filling in for Koji Uehara at closer ever since he went down with a right wrist fracture. Tazawa had a 1.80 ERA and a .176 opponent’s batting average in his last five outings. “Junichi Tazawa has really done a good job for the Red Sox filling in for Koji Uehara...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Koji Uehara Is Wearing His Retirement On His Arm?

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is out for the year. Back on August 7th, he was nailed by a line drive to his pitching arm—and was eventually diagnosed with a broken right wrist. But, maybe the 40-year old doesn't have to worry about his next contract—considering what's on his injured arm. The bright yellow cast is adorned by autographs by every player on the 2015 Red Sox squad. Now...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Tweets Photo Of Cast Signed By Boston Red Sox Teammates

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara is in good spirits. That probably qualifies as the least shocking news of the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season — Uehara always seems to be in good spirits — but the injured closer hopped on Twitter after Thursday’s win over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park to show off his cast. It’s signed by his Red Sox teammates...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Closer Situation Uncertain As Ever After Junichi Tazawa’s Blown Save

Who will replace Koji Uehara at the back end of Boston’s bullpen? After Tuesday night’s implosion in Miami, the Red Sox are no closer to answering that question than they were when an Ian Kinsler line drive ended Uehara’s season last Friday. Six relievers teamed up to blow a four-run lead in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, and the first applicant for Uehara’s...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to miss remainder of 2015 season

BOSTON — A lost season for the Boston Red Sox got even uglier on Monday as Koji Uehara’s season came to an end due to a broken wrist suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Uehara was hit by an Ian Kinsler line drive attempting to make the final out of Sunday’s 7-2 win. Although he was able to finish off the play, Uehara was clearly in pain. Initial X-rays came...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Out For Season With Fractured Wrist

After getting struck by a line drive at the end of Friday night's game against the Tigers, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara joked that the worst thing that would come of his injury would be that he couldn't drink beer.
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Out For The Season With Broken Right Wrist

(AP Photo)Well, it wasn't a minor bone bruise—that's for sure. Koji Uehara suffered a broken wrist after being struck by a ball hit by Ian Kinsler on Friday. Uehara recovered and threw Kinsler out to end the game. The closer is out for the season. After x-rays that was read as "negative" and a subsequent MRI, the crack Red Sox medical staff finally figured out today that the wrist...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara to miss rest of season

The Boston Red Sox‘ season has not gone according to script at all.  They are now going to have to finish the season without their top reliever in the bullpen.  Veteran right-handed closer Koji Uehara will be out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist per reports.   The veteran closer was struck by a batted ball last Friday night.  His injury was originally diagnosed...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara To Miss Rest Of Red Sox’s Season With Right Wrist Fracture

The Boston Red Sox are out a closer for the remainder of the 2015 season. The team announced Monday that Koji Uehara would hit the disabled list for the rest of the year after being diagnosed with a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist. He’s expected to make a full recovery. X-rays taken Friday came back negative, but Uehara underwent a CAT scan Sunday after...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Uehara Headed To 15-Day Disabled List; Kelly To Close?

The Red Sox will announce this afternoon that closer Koji Uehara is headed to the 15-day disabled list. There is no further word on the nature or extent of his hand/wrist injury or the corresponding roster move that will be made. There is some speculation—completely unfounded at this point—that Joe Kelly may emerge in the closer role until Uehara can return. Kelly clearly has...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox M*A*S*H Unit Tries To Win Tiger Series

The Red Sox awoke to more bad news on the injury front on Sunday. Closer Koji Uehara will have an MRI on his injured wrist today—to confirm that there is no structural damage. Also, both Pablo Sandoval (thumb) and Hanley Ramirez (ankle) will miss today's rubber game in Detroit.
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Closer Koji Uehara To Undergo CAT Scan On Injured Wrist

Additional tests are forthcoming for Koji Uehara after the Boston Red Sox closer took a line drive off the right wrist during Friday’s win over the Detroit Tigers. X-rays on the wrist came back negative, but manager John Farrell said Uehara would undergo a CAT scan on the affected area Sunday. “As the swelling has gone down, just to rule anything out, so it’ll be a CAT scan...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Tweets Picture Of Wrist, Most Upset He Can’t Drink Beer (Photos)

As if we needed another reason to love Koji Uehara, the Boston Red Sox closer provided us with one for the ages Friday night. Uehara put a scare into everyone at the end of Friday’s 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, when his last pitch of the game was hit right back at him on a scorcher from Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. Uehara was in obvious pain, but X-rays fortunately came...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Closer Koji Uehara Takes Line Drive Off Wrist; X-Rays Negative

Koji Uehara’s 25th save of the season came at a cost. The Boston Red Sox closer put the finishing touches on Friday’s 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, but the final batter of the game, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, drilled him in the wrist with a line drive. Uehara was able to gather the ball and throw to first for the final out, but appeared to be in considerable pain...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jean Machi- Help for the Bullpen? Part 1

James Loney’s single scored the winning run as the Red Sox fell 4-3 to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The loss was the latest subpar performance by the overworked Sox bullpen. Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara both have 2-4 records and a combined ERA of 2.76, a high one for relief pitchers. Each also has two blown saves. Craig Breslow, Alexei Ogando, Craig Breslow and Robbie Ross Jr have even...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Trout’s Heroics Against Red Sox Again Magnify Greatness For Angels

This embed is invalid" /> It’s tough being a Los Angeles Angels beat reporter nowadays, evident by the conundrum facing MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez immediately after Mike Trout launched a walk-off home run against Koji Uehara on Friday night to lift the Halos to a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. I don't know what else to write about Mike Trout.— Alden Gonzalez...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Mike Trout Conquers Koji Uehara, Adds To Growing Legend

This embed is invalid" /> Mike Trout will get you sooner or later. The Boston Red Sox learned this Friday night when they contained Trout in his first three at-bats before the best player in Major League Baseball crushed a walk-off home run off Koji Uehara to lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 1-0 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Boston’s loss spoiled an excellent...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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