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Red Sox | Koji Uehara to be setup man

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prefers to leave RP Koji Uehara in the eighth-inning setup role with both RPs Andrew Bailey (biceps) and Joel Hanrahan (forearm) injured. "The one thing I like with Koji is you're going to get those pinch-hit left-handers in the eighth inning, and he's so effective against lefties," Farrell said. "That's where you might get a little bit of that gamesmanship or the matchup capability in the eighth inning." Uehara doesn't typically like to throw on back-to-back days, either, in an effort to keep himself healthy. Farrell also cited that Tazawa has a better fastball than Uehara, which should make him more effective in the closer's role.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara's peripherals have been stellar this season, making him valuable in deeper mixed leagues even if he's not closing. Plus, the Red Sox's bullpen is in flux now due to all the injuries, so there's still a chance that Uehara could wind up closing in the long term if Junichi Tazawa proves ineffective and Bailey doesn't stay healthy.

2013-05-07 11:30:03 | Source: MLB.com - Jason Mastrodonato

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