Boston Red Sox lose closer Koji Uehara for rest of season

Koji Uehara

Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara is helped off the field after a groundball hit by Detroit’s Ian Kinsler struck him in the the right wrist on Friday.

(Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

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.



The Detroit Tigers recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from triple-A Toledo and he joined the club Monday for a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Ryan, 23, was 1-9 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 starts with the Mud Hens. He is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in nine games, including five starts, in two previous stints with Detroit this season. The Tigers optioned left-hander Ian Krol, who was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 26 relief appearances, to Toledo. ... The New York Mets have chosen to keep top outfield prospect Michael Conforto in the major leagues despite activating Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list. The Mets instead sent third baseman-outfielder Eric Campbell to triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Cuddyer. ... The Texas Rangers have traded minor league infielder Tyler Pastornicky to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash. Pastornicky was hitting .283 with one home run and 19 RBIs in 53 games at triple-A Round Rock.

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