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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

Red Sox | Koji Uehara likely to start on DL

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:59:00 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) felt more pain in his left hamstring after throwing 30 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, March 30, and he's likely to start the season on the 15-day disabled list, according to manager John Farrell. Farrell said he's unsure if the team will keep seven or eight men in the bullpen, and he's unsure if RP Edward Mujica will assume the closing role to open up the year.

Fantasy Tip: Uehara, who turns 40 this Friday, has dealt with hamstring problems in the past, too. Age and injury concerns already made Uehara a shaky saves contributor this spring. Mujica is the favorite to see most of the save chances in Uehara's absence. Target him first in your fantasy leagues if he's still on the waiver wire. Junichi Tazawa isn't a bad consolation prize, and his skills are more intriguing.

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

Red Sox | Edward Mujica could close

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:22:31 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Edward Mujica could begin the season as the team's closer, with RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) considered unlikely for opening day. Manager John Farrell also said using matchups could also be an option for the team in the ninth inning.

Fantasy Tip: Mujica has 49 career saves, with a career-high 37 in 2013 while with the St. Louis Cardinals. If Mujica is handed the Red Sox's closer job to begin the season he'll be an excellent player to target in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Mujica is worth a flier with a near 40-year-old Uehara facing several injury concerns, but Junichi Tazawa will figure in as well.

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

Red Sox | Koji Uehara unlikely for OD

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:18:52 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (hamstring) was downgraded to unlikely for opening day, Sunday, March 29, by manager John Farrell.

Fantasy Tip: Already hampered by injury, the almost 40-year-old Uehara enters the 2015 fantasy season with considerable risk. Uehara's performance has remained relatively stable as an elite-level reliever, but the injury concerns are piling up. RP Edward Mujica appears likely to begin the season as the Red Sox closer, and can be had in the late rounds of drafts, or for a very-low cost on FantasyScore to begin the season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Ian Browne