Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara says getting ready for Opening Day 'might be close,' but optimistic

Rob Bradford
March 18, 2015 - 8:43 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Koji Uehara has been through this hamstring thing before, although the reliever noted that this tweak of his left leg wasn't as serious as his pull a few years back in Baltimore. The closer did, however, note that this setback does add some uncertainty to his preparation. "I feel that it might be a close call but I should be ready," said Uehara through a translator when asked if he thought he would be ready for April 5. Uehara, who has pitched three times this spring, said locking in on a return date was "nothing that I can predict right now." And in regard to how many outings he might need to be ready for the regular season, the righty noted, "It'€™s something that the coaches will probably decide. I could probably be ready without even appearing in a game."