Koji Uehara available as soon as Thursday

April 15, 2014 - 5:50 pm

For Koji Uehara, the stiffness he felt in his right shoulder evoked concern based not so much on the symptoms themselves as the Red Sox closer's history with comparable discomfort. While with the Rangers, Uehara had once experienced shoulder stiffness, tried to pitch through it and ultimately suffered a setback that led to a couple months on the disabled list. This time, however, the symptoms subsided quickly, to the point where Uehara was able to have an aggressive long-toss session at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. With that behind him, it came as little surprise -- but welcome news -- when he was given a clean bill of health after getting checked out at Mass. General on Monday.

"It was a good feeling to know that I was able to throw from that long distance [on Sunday] and also the fact there was no structural damage [revealed by Monday's exam]. That gave me a lot of peace of mind," Uehara told reporters through interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. "I think [the concern] was more mental, the fact I had the same kind of feeling two years ago, that was sort of a sticking point.'€

Uehara threw long toss from 200 feet and then had a pitching session on flat ground. The Sox plan for him to throw a bullpen session off a mound on Wednesday, and if that goes well, he'd be ready to return by Thursday.