RED SOX ACTIVATE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER KOJI UEHARA
FROM 15-DAY DISABLED LIST
Option LHP Tommy Layne to Triple-A Pawtucket
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today activated right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Tommy Layne was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night’s game
Uehara, 40, began the season on the disabled list (retroactive to March 27) with a strained left hamstring. He made three Grapefruit League appearances this spring, last on March 14 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and one rehab appearance with Single-A Greenville on Saturday night, allowing one run on three hits in one inning pitched against San Francisco’s Augusta GreenJackets. Last season, Uehara finished tied for sixth among American League relievers in wins (6), was seventh in saves (26), eighth in save percentage (83.9), and 11th in strikeouts (80), as he earned the first All-Star selection of his major league career. He also ranked second in both strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.0) and walks per nine innings pitched (1.12, 64.1 IP). Over his first two seasons with the Red Sox (2013-14), Uehara did not allow a run in 118 of his 137 appearances (86%), tied for the sixth-most scoreless appearances among all major league pitchers. He owns a 15-15 record and 2.44 ERA (95 ER/350.1 IP) with 61 saves in 294 career big league outings (12 starts).