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May 20, 2019 08:16 AM
Koji Uehara: Playing days over
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Uehara plans to announce his retirement from professional baseball Monday, Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports.

After a successful decade-long run in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to begin his professional career, Uehera made the leap to North America in 2009, signing a two-year deal with Baltimore. While seeing action with the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs over the next nine years, Uehara was one of the majors' most productive relievers, notching 95 saves and posting a 2.66 ERA and 26.5 K-BB% over 436 appearances. The 44-year-old returned to Japan after the 2017 campaign and has continued to work in a relief role for the Yomiuri Giants, but it appears he's now ready to close the book on a storied career. In addition to his achievements in the MLB, Uehara was an eight-time NPB All-Star.

March 9, 2018 12:40 PM
Koji Uehara: Returning to Japan
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Uehara signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan on Friday, Rich Dubroff of reports.

The 42-year-old pitched for four teams in nine seasons since coming to America in 2009. He'll end his major-league career with a 2.66 ERA and 95 saves in 480.2 innings. His 79 saves for Boston rank seventh in Red Sox history.

January 21, 2018 10:52 PM
Koji Uehara: Plans to retire if not offered MLB contract
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Uehara stated that he will retire if he doesn't receive a major-league offer before the season begins, Kyodo News reports.

Uehara will turn 43 in March and is unsure that he'll get a major-league offer before spring training starts. The right-hander pitched for the Cubs last season, appearing in 49 games and accruing a 3.98 ERA across 43.0 innings. If he's not offered a major-league contract, Uehara will call it quits after 10 seasons in Japan and 10 years of MLB service.

September 16, 2017 03:08 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Remains unavailable
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Uehara (knee/back) will not be available Saturday against the Cardinals, Carrie Muskat of reports.

The 42-year-old has been dealing with an infection in his right knee, and manager Joe Maddon revealed Saturday that Uehara is also nursing a back issue. Uehara has not pitched in a game since Sept. 2 and it's uncertain when he may be able to return to active competition.

September 13, 2017 04:48 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Dealing with knee infection
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Uehara is dealing with a right knee infection, Carrie Muskat of reports.

He threw a simulated game Wednesday, but it is unclear when he will be able to return to game action. Uehara has not pitched since Sept. 2, so this helps explain his absence. The 42-year-old righty has a 3.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 43 innings this season and will be a free agent after the year.

August 20, 2017 06:04 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Activated from DL
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Uehara (neck) was activated from the disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Carrie Muskat of reports.

He only missed two weeks with the neck ailment. Look for Uehara to resume a low-to-mid-leverage role for the Cubs. He has a 3.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 38 innings this season.

August 18, 2017 12:04 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Will throw another bullpen Friday
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Uehara (neck) is set to toss his second bullpen in the last three days prior to Chicago's game against the Blue Jays on Friday,'s Carrie Muskat reports.

Uehara felt fine following his initial bullpen session Wednesday, which marked the first time he toed the rubber since landing on the DL on Aug. 9. If all goes well during Friday's appearance, the right-hander could return to the club during their road trip in Cincinnati next week.

August 16, 2017 06:48 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Throws bullpen session
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Uehara (neck) threw his first bullpen session Wednesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

He had not thrown since landing on the DL on Aug. 8, but made it through the session fine and will throw another bullpen Saturday. Uehara could be activated sometime next week.

August 9, 2017 02:04 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Lands on disabled list
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Uehara (neck) was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Despite some encouraging initial reports regarding Uehara's injury, the Cubs decided to make the DL move, citing his age and level of discomfort as reasons to be proactive. Uehara was pulled from Tuesday's appearance with neck stiffness after allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base. Justin Grimm was recalled in a corresponding move.

August 9, 2017 01:08 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Dealing with neck stiffness
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Uehara was removed from Tuesday's game with neck stiffness, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 42-year-old allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base before exiting the game with a trainer. Hector Rondon, meanwhile, was unavailable due to back stiffness. Neither issue is considered serious, but if Uehara and Rondon both need more time, it will leave the Cubs' bullpen a bit thin for Wednesday's series finale.

August 9, 2017 03:40 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Removed with injury Tuesday
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Uehara exited Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Uehara came on in relief in the seventh inning but left the field alongside the team trainer with an apparent injury after allowing a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced. We'll await word from the Cubs as to the exact nature of his injury.

June 5, 2017 01:40 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Picks up second save Sunday
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Uehara stuck out two in a clean ninth inning Sunday against St. Louis to pick up his second save of the year.

Cubs closer Wade Davis picked up saves on Friday and Saturday, so manager Joe Maddon decided to give him a rest Sunday. Uerhara's usage thus far puts him on track to log six saves and 21 holds while approaching 70 strikeouts -- numbers that can be useful in NL-only formats.

June 2, 2017 01:44 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Takes loss Wednesday
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Uehara (1-3) was tagged with the loss Wednesday against the Padres. He allowed an earned run on a walk and hit over one inning of work.

On a day in which the Cubs scored just one run, the run given up by Uehara in the eighth inning turned out to be costly. The veteran still sports a solid 3.63 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, to go along with 20 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

May 20, 2017 03:24 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Grabs first save of season Thursday
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Uehara recorded his first save of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds. He pitched a scoreless inning with no hits allowed and two strikeouts.

Regular closer Wade Davis had worked Tuesday and Wednesday, so manager Joe Maddon turned to Uehara to quiet a potential Cincinnati rally in the ninth inning. The veteran allowed an inherited runner to score on a sac fly, but he then struck out the next two hitters to end the game. Uehara likely won't pick up too many more saves this year, but he should be a decent source of holds with strong ratios.

May 2, 2017 12:12 AM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Takes loss Sunday
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Uehara (0-2) was tagged with the loss Sunday against the Red Sox. He gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) without recording an out.

The veteran reliever had been good lately, but his former team got to him in this one. Uehara has a 3.72 ERA, though all of the damage has been done in two bad outings; he's held the opposition off the board in his other 10 appearances.

April 26, 2017 09:44 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Registers hold Tuesday
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Uehara recorded his second hold of the season in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. He pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Uehara came on for Kyle Hendricks after he pitched six scoreless innings, and the veteran reliever kept the Pirates at bay. Other than a rough outing on April 16, when he allowed two earned runs without recording an out, Uehara has not been scored upon, and he carries a nifty 2.08 ERA.

April 17, 2017 01:32 AM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Struggles Sunday
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Uehara (0-1) was tagged with a blown save and the loss in Sunday's game against the Pirates. He didn't record an out and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks.

Uehara hadn't allowed any runs prior to Sunday, but he just didn't have it in this one. The veteran started the eighth inning by walking the first batter he faced then giving up a double, and he gave way to Hector Rondon with the bases loaded. Consider this a hiccup, as Uehara should continue to serve in a high-leverage role for the Cubs.

March 7, 2017 01:24 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Wants to pitch two more years
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Uehara said he wants to pitch two more years at the MLB level, Carrie Muskat of reports.

Uehara, who will turn 42 in April, is entering his ninth MLB season. He said his goal is to get to 10 years in the majors, which would match the time he spent pitching professionally in Japan before he came to the U.S. No longer a closer, Uehara is still a solid reliever, as evidenced by his 0.96 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 47 innings last season.

December 14, 2016 09:50 AM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Agrees to one-year, $6 million deal with Cubs
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Uehara agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs on Wednesday,'s Jesse Rogers reports.

It was suggested last week that Uehara had reached a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs, but he'll get more money that initially expected after several teams entered the derby for his services within the last few days. After posting a 3.45 ERA and 12.1 K/9 rate last season with the Red Sox, the 41-year-old should serve as one of the Cubs' key weapons against lefties. Despite being a right-hander, Uehara's repertoire has been historically tough against left-handed batters, who own a .183 career average against him.

December 8, 2016 05:55 PM
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Signs $4.5 million deal with Cubs
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Uehara signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Uehara ran into some troubles with the long ball in his final season in Boston, yielding 1.5 home runs per nine innings on the way to a 3.45 ERA, his worst season mark since his rookie year in 2009. Now 41 years old, Uehara has seen his velocity decline over the last few years and could be at the end of his tenure as an effective late-innings arm. He enters a deep Cubs bullpen with a clear closer in Wade Davis, so it's unlikely he gets a shot at regular save chances.

Minor League Pitching Stats
2010AAA-Norfolk Tides2.02000001020.001.000
2010AA-Bowie Baysox2.02200001110.001.000
2012AAA-Round Rock Express3.03000004030.001.000
2015AFX-Greenville Drive1.01000001039.003.000

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Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
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