Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right wrist.
Uehara was hit by a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler on the final out of Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox right-hander stuck his arm out to deflect the ball, then retrieved it and made the play at first base.
"I consider my whole body to be the glove once I release the ball," Uehara told reporters in Detroit after the game.
Although initial X-rays were negative, Uehara returned to Boston ahead of the team for more tests. The team said Monday that he was diagnosed with a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist.
A Red Sox spokesman said Monday that Uehara will be placed on the disabled list. The 40-year-old native of Japan, who made the All-Star Game last year, is expected to make a full recovery.
Uehara was the closer for Boston's 2013 World Series championship team, getting the final outs in the Game 6 clincher against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 2-4 with a 2.23 earned-run average and 25 saves in 27 opportunities for the last-place Red Sox this season.
The team is expected to rely on Junichi Tazawa and new acquisition Jean Machi for ninth-inning work.