Koji Uehara

Red Sox place closer Koji Uehara on disabled list with season-ending broken wrist, sign Milton's Rich Hill

John Tomase
August 10, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Koji Uehara's season is over. The Red Sox closer, who was hit with a line drive on the final out of Friday's 7-2 victory over the Tigers, suffered what the team termed a non-displaced distal radius fracture. He will be placed on the disabled list and he will not pitch again this season, but is expected to make a full recovery, the team announced on Monday. Uehara shouldn't even have been in the game, but reliever Justin Masterson loaded the bases with one out and the Red Sox leading 7-2, requiring manager John Farrell to signal Uehara for the rare five-run save. He struck out Jose Iglesias before Ian Kinsler ripped a 1-2 offering up the middle. Instead of scoring two runs, it became the final out of the game when Uehara reflexively blocked it with his right arm, the small catching him flush on the back of the wrist. Initial tests showed no break, but that diagnosis changed on Monday. Uehara, 40, finishes with 25 saves and a 2.33 ERA. He is signed through next season, when he will make $9 million. In other Red Sox news, the team signed left-hander Rich Hill, a Milton native, to a minor-league deal, according to a source. Hill had been pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks, and on Sunday set a franchise record with 14 strikeouts over six shutout innings in a loss to Camden. Hill, 35, spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox from 2010-12. He has pitched for six other clubs in the big leagues during his 10-year career, including the Yankees last season. News of Uehara's injury was first reported by the Boston Globe, while the Hill signing first appeared at SB Nation.