It appears that the Boston Red Sox may be the next team to lose an important pitcher to injury. Red Sox closer, Koji Uehara, felt soreness in his right shoulder and was unavailable Friday. According to CSN insider, Sean McAdam, will not be available again Saturday.
Koji unavailable again today, will try long toss tomorrow. Possible return to BOS for exam after that. Sox delaying any roster moves for now
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) April 12, 2014
Uehara was a huge part of the Red Sox World Series Championship run last season and had been off to a strong start in 2014. He’s pitched five innings, giving up just 3 hits and striking out seven.
The concerning issue is that Uehara had the same injury in Texas two years ago and it took him two full months to recover. When asked if he was going on the disabled list Uehara answered,
“It’s not ultimately my decision so I can’t really tell.”
Neither manager John Farrell nor Uehara said they felt that this would be a long -term issue, however, we have heard that before from many managers and many players with the opposite results. Uehara going down could be a big blow the Red Sox are not prepared to take.
Veteran Edward Mujica finished out the game Friday night and will likely be who Farrell will go to in Uehara’s absence.