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Koji Uehara

6' 2"
195 lbs
Apr 3, 1975
Osaka, Japan
2009 - round , overall by Bal
2015 Regular Season
6 5 2.52 .92 80

The Boston Red Sox have signed Uehara for two more years. The All-Star reliever will earn $18 million through 2016.

Uehara joined the Red Sox in 2013 and earned the closer's role midway through the season. He was a key part of the team that won the franchise's third World Series in 10 years, striking out Matt Carpenter for the final out in Game 6 on this date last year. He will turn 40 before opening day.

Uehara has been removed temporarily from his closer's role with the Boston Red Sox.

The move comes one day after Uehara allowed solo homers by Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley in the ninth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win. It was Uehara's third loss in five outings and his third straight blown save opportunity. Manager John Farrell says Edward Mujica will become the closer. He also says Uehara has no physical ailments and is not being shut down for the season.

Uehara has been added to the AL roster for the All-Star Game. He replaces New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old closer is 4-2 with 18 saves and a 1.30 ERA this season.

Uehara remained lights out Wednesday, striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth against Cincinnati for his eighth save in as many opportunities.

Uehara owns a 1.09 WHIP and has struck out 22 batters in 14 2-3 innings.

Uehara is still out because of stiffness in his right shoulder and it's uncertain when he will be able to pitch again.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Uehara was unavailable for Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium. Uehara felt discomfort during warmups Friday night before a 4-2 win over New York. Uehara has said he doesn't think the problem is a serious one. Farrell said there's a chance Uehara would return to Boston for an exam. Farrell said it's too early to predict whether the right-hander would need to go on the disabled list.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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