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Boston Herald Mar 2, 2015
Mujica happy to shore up back end of bullpen

Mujica happy to shore up back end of bullpen

FORT MYERS — Years ago, a 30-year-old reliever entering a contract year might be doing anything in his power to earn the ninth-inning role, collect 40 saves and score big in free agency.Edward Mujica doesn’t care when he pitches.With soon-to-be-40-year-old closer Koji Uehara locked into a two-year, $18 million contract, Mujica is unlikely to take the mound in the ninth for the Red Sox. But if he pitches well in the sixth, seventh or eighth, he could still be in line for a big payday.
The Republican Feb 21, 2015

Red Sox spring training: Managing an aging Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara will be the Red Sox closer, but he'll be monitored more closely this season.

Uehara closer, but may be used differently

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Koji Uehara can’t be the closer for the Red Sox, Edward Mujica will get the call. The tricky thing is making sure Uehara can be the closer almost all of the time. That became an issue last season. Starting on Aug. 15, Uehara was tagged for 10 earned runs over seven games and just 5 2/3 innings, shockingly surrendering four homers. Uehara asked to be removed from the closer’s role after giving up two jacks in the bottom of the ninth inning of a walk-off loss to the Yankees on Sept.
Fenway Nation Feb 17, 2015

Uehara Was Bothered By Back Pain In 2014

Koji Uehara's horrific run last August and September was apparently not due to fatigue—as had been previously thought. It has now been revealed that Boston's closer was experiencing back pain during that period that forced an alteration in his pitching mechanics. Said Koji, "I didn’t talk about it at that time. I think I’m over it. I’m not going to go into specifics, but it wasn’t fatigue." Despite being yanked from the closer role, Uehara is expected to regain that status in 2015.
Boston Herald Feb 17, 2015
Koji’s woes an old story

Koji’s woes an old story

FORT MYERS — Here is the list of pitchers who have recorded at least 20 saves in a season after turning 40:Hoyt Wilhelm. Dennis Eckersley. Doug Jones. Trevor Hoffman. Mariano Rivera.That’s it.So, no, the odds aren’t particularly good that Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will make it through the season. Not with his 40th birthday cake being ordered for April 3, and especially not after the way he ended last season.
Full Count | WEEI Feb 16, 2015

Koji Uehara was banged up last year; had little doubt would return to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It turns out there was something going on with Koji Uehara’s health last season, after all. Speaking after his first training camp workout at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox closer explained his downturn in the season’s second half. “It was more physical,” Uehara said. “I didn’t talk about it at that […]

Uehara Admits to 'Physical' Issues Last Season; Says He's Rested and Ready for 2015

High Five City certainly saw a lot of lows at the end of last season, and now Koji Uehara says "physical" issues contributed to his poor showing as the Red Sox closer.
Rotoworld Feb 16, 2015

Uehara acknowledges arm bothered him in '14 - Koji Uehara (R) Boston Red Sox

Koji Uehara acknowledged in Red Sox camp Monday that his arm bothered him at the end of the 2014 season.
KFFL Feb 16, 2015

Red Sox | Koji Uehara is the closer

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara heads into the 2015 season as the guaranteed closer, ...
KFFL Feb 16, 2015

Red Sox | Koji Uehara had arm issues

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara (arm) said he dealt with arm issues at the ...
Bless You Boys Feb 11, 2015

Joel Hanrahan could be a big boost to Tigers bullpen in 2015

Hanrahan has missed nearly two full seasons after Tommy John surgery in 2013. Can he return to form in 2015? Here's a question for you to ponder: if Joel Hanrahan doesn't get injured and miss the entire 2013 season, do the Boston Red Sox win the World Series? Does Koji Uehara still turn in one of the most dominant performances from a relief pitcher we have ever seen, including a scoreless run through the ALCS and World Series? The Red Sox won 97 games and underperformed their pythagorean win expectation by three games that season, but would they have been able to close out the Tigers so...

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