Koji Uehara

Red Sox activate Koji Uehara, Tommy Layne optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket

Ryan Hannable
April 13, 2015 - 9:14 am

Just in time for the Red Sox' home opener, they have activated closer Koji Uehara off the 15-day disabled list and he will be active for the game. In the corresponding roster move, the team optioned left-handed reliever Tommy Layne back to Triple-A Pawtucket. "It wasn't a date that I was aiming for," Uehara said through a translator. "It just happened that I was healed at this point. I am happy that I am here." Uehara threw an inning with Single-A Greenville Saturday night and was tagged for a run on three hits. Although he didn't get the results he wanted, he came away feeling fine. He says the hamstring is, "no problem at all." "I wasn't pleased that I got hit around, but I felt really comfortable," Uehara said. To make room on the roster the team sent Layne back to Pawtucket, who in four appearances this year allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings, with all the runs coming Sunday night in New York. Even after the 19-inning game Friday, and Clay Buchholz's 3 1/3 innings Sunday, manager John Farrell said the bullpen is ready. "We're fully complement behind Rick [Porcello] today," Farrell said. "Getting Koji back to us -- part of it was who is the most fresh. [We] had to send Tommy [Layne] down. He's done a very good job for us. We know he is going to be back at some point this season, but we felt like we needed to keep another right-hander in the bullpen." As for how Uehara feelings about his pitches, he said the hitters will ultimately decide that. "The hitters will tell me probably," he said. "There is a little bit, I wouldn't say doubt, but I haven't been able to put the hitters away that I wanted to so we'll see."