Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara slated to return as Red Sox closer Monday

Rob Bradford
April 12, 2015 - 6:31 pm

According to John Farrell, the plan is to have Koji Uehara close out a Red Sox win Monday afternoon at Fenway Park if needed. Uehara came through his one-inning outing with Single-A Greenville Saturday without any physical issues, although he did allow three hits. So, with the pitcher's hamstring no longer an issue, the Red Sox feel confident enough to not only activate the righty, but immediately re-insert him as the team's closer. The 40-year-old pitched in just three spring training games, allowing runs in two of them. "Yeah, he came through [Saturday's] outing fine," the Red Sox manager told reporters Sunday. "Feels, I think, an increase in confidence after a full game intensity. Everything points to he rejoining us tomorrow." The Red Sox will have to clear a roster spot to make room for Uehara, with relievers Tommy Layne and Robbie Ross Jr. the likely candidates since both have options. The Red Sox have only had one save opportunity to date, with Edward Mujica allowing a ninth-inning solo home run to Chase Headley Friday night to send the eventual 19-inning Sox win into extra innings.