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Red Sox | Koji Uehara may be rested

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:26:42 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara has appeared in three straight games, and the Red Sox would prefer to give him the day off Wednesday, July 1. He hasn't worked on four straight days all year. "I'm not going to say he's not available but at the same time we'd like to do everything we can to stay away," manager John Farrell said.

Fantasy Tip: Alexi Ogando is unavailable, too, so if a save situation arises Wednesday afternoon, expect the chance to go to Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has fine peripherals to go along with a 2.62 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 2015. He's definitely a reliever worth owning in deeper leagues to help your pitching stats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Koji Uehara implodes in ninth

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:08:35 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara had an outing to forget Thursday, June 4, against the Minnesota Twins. Uehara allowed four runs (two earned) off three hits without registering an out, after entering the top of the ninth with the game tied at four.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara has blown just two saves this season, with the most recent coming in his second last outing, May 31, against the Texas Rangers. It wasn't a blown save this time out, but the two earned runs match a season high for Uehara, while the four total runs are a new season high. Uehara is likely still safe in the closer's role, but owners in deeper leagues could speculatively add Junichi Tazawa.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Red Sox | Koji Uehara gaining steam

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:43:00 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara's fastball averaged 87.25 mph Monday, April 27, which was a 2 mph leap from his previous outing. His fastball velocity increased slightly to 87.33 mph Wednesday, April 29, and he showed an ability to locate.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara appears to be kicking off the rust as he has struck out five in his last two perfect innings. He is a solid first reliever in traditional leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NESN.com - Mike Cole

Red Sox | Koji Uehara shaky in 2015

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:03:27 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara has a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) of .313 compared to .211 last April, and his overall velocity is down this year at 79.5 mph compared to 84.6 mph last season. Uehara is also showing a lack of confidence in his fastball early in the season, as he's throwing his fastball just 15.3% and splitters 84.7% of the time. Opponents appear to be less tempted to swing at both Uehara's fastballs and splitters outside the zone in 2015. He currently has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara continues his struggles from the second half of last season, and an injury that delayed his 2015 season isn't helping. He's a shaky fantasy closer that should be handcuffed to Edward Mujica or Junichi Tazawa, if you can.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Bill Chuck

Red Sox | Koji Uehara blows it in 10th

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:19:27 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara blew a 10th-inning save opportunity Saturday, April 25, in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Uehara inherited a one-run lead, but took the loss after allowing a triple to OF Adam Jones, a sacrifice fly to 1B Chris Davis and a home run to OF David Lough.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara has three saves in five appearances so far this season. With this outing leading to his first blown save of the season, Uehara remains safe for now in the closer role. Uehara's 12.46 K/9 would have him tied for 18th amongst relievers if he had enough innings to qualify. Owners need to remain patient, although injuries are the bigger concern for the 40-year-old.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Koji Uehara to come off DL

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:45:13 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) will come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 13, as planned. Manager John Farrell has already made Uehara the closer once again.

Fantasy Tip: This will bring some stability to the Red Sox bullpen, which needs it after the hammering the pitching staff took Sunday, April 12, against the New York Yankees. Be careful with Uehara, however, as his injury history makes him more likely to be out.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Koji Uehara nearing return

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:44:28 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) could come off the disabled list Monday, April 13, after his rehab appearance Saturday, April 11. "We'll take it one outing at a time," manager John Farrell said. "We're not ruling out the possibility that (Uehara could be back) after one outing."

Fantasy Tip: Uehara was flat out amazing for the last two years. Still, he is 40 years old, and he'll need to be handled carefully. He's a good option as your first closer if the team does so.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Scott Lauber

Red Sox | Koji Uehara eyeing Monday return

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:51:07 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw a 20-pitch simulated game Thursday, April 9, and will pitch a rehab game Saturday, April 11. There is a good chance Uehara will be activated Monday, April 13.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara will return to the closer role for Boston which will zap the majority of Edward Mujica's fantasy value. However, at 40, age and health are still minor concerns for Uehara. Return him to your lineups in all formats, but his best years are likely in the rear-view mirror.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Koji Uehara throws to hitters

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:55:27 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, April 7, and generates plenty of swings and misses, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara has started the 2015 season on the disabled list, but if he continues to make good progress, he may not miss much time. Edward Mujica is expected to see the first opportunity for a save chance in the meantime, and he has short-term value in standard fantasy leagues with Uehara sidelined.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | Koji Uehara placed on DL

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:07:11 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) was placed on the disabled list Friday, April 3. He could be activated as early as Friday, April 10.

Fantasy Tip: At 40, age and health are major concerns for Uehara, and he projects as a shaky source of saves. Edward Mujica will assume the closing role to open the season. Mujica is worth targeting as an early season saves candidate, and there is a legitimate chance he could out pitch Uehara and keep the job, too. Junichi Tazawa is also in the ninth-inning conversation, and there is potential the Red Sox bullpen remains murky for the majority of the season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Providence Journal - Brian MacPherson