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Red Sox activate closer Koji Uehara from the disabled list


Boston has activated Koji Uehara from the disabled list after the closer missed the first week of the season with a hamstring injury suffered during spring training.

To make room for Uehara on the roster and in the bullpen Boston sent down left-hander Tommy Layne, who took his lumps as part of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Yankees.

Uehara, who remained with the Red Sox this offseason on a two-year, $18 million deal, is expected to reclaim ninth-inning duties, pushing Edward Mujica back into a setup role.

Red Sox expected to activate Koji Uehara from the disabled list on Monday

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Per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager John Farrell said everything points to the club activating reliever Koji Uehara from the disabled list on Monday. Uehara suffered a strained left hamstring in mid-March and had a setback near the end of spring training.

Sean McAdam of CSN New England suggests the Red Sox are likely to demote one of their two lefty relievers — Tommy Layne or Robbie Ross, Jr. — to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Uehara on the 25-man roster, as both have options remaining.

Uehara should return to the closer’s role, which will push interim closer Edward Mujica back into set-up duties. Mujica has had one opportunity for a save so far and blew it in Friday’s 19-inning game against the Yankees, allowing a two-out, game-tying solo home run to Chase Headley in the ninth inning.

Red Sox outlast Yankees in 19 innings

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The Red Sox scored in the 16th and 18th innings, but it wasn’t enough. It took them 19 innings and over seven hours to finally finish off the Yankees on Friday night, winning 6-5 after a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly.

While the game ended more than seven hours after it started, technically, it lasted 6:49; there was a 16-minute delay after a lighting stand went out in the 10th. By time of game, it was the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees.

By number of innings, it was the second longest Red Sox-Yankees marathon. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 in 20 innings on Aug. 29, 1967. Amazingly enough, that was the second game of a doubleheader.

Tonight’s game featured the Red Sox jumping out to a 3-0 lead against starter Nathan Eovaldi. The Yankees rallied for two in the bottom of the sixth, and then tied it in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth, when Chase Headley homered off Boston’s fill-in closer, Edward Mujica, with two outs in the frame.

That was it for the scoring until David Ortiz homered off Esmil Rogers in the 16th. The Yankees responded when Mark Teixeira took knuckleballer Steven Wright deep in the bottom of the inning.

In the 18th, Pablo Sandoval singled in Dustin Pedroia to make it a 5-4 game. Carlos Beltran then doubled in pinch-runner John Ryan Murphy to tie it back up.

Wright was the winner despite blowing the two leads. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs. He’ll now be sent down to make room for Saturday’s starter, Joe Kelly.

Rogers was offered up as a sacrifice by the Yankees. He threw 35 pitches Thursday, and the team would have preferred to stay away from him entirely tonight. In fact, manager Joe Girardi let Chasen Shreve throw 3 1/3 innings — his long outing since Double-A — before turning to Rogers in the 14th. Rogers went on to pitch 4 2/3 innings and throw 81 pitches. He can’t be optioned out, so the Yankees might well find a reason to put him on the DL before Saturday’s game. After 116 pitches in two days, they probably won’t have to look very hard.

On the offensive side, Pablo Sandoval and Xander Bogaerts had four-hit games for Boston. All four of Bogaerts’ hits came in extras. Mike Napoli, meanwhile, went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts. The Yankees had no one with more than two hits. Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius both went 1-for-6 in the contest, even though neither started.

Red Sox place Koji Uehara and Joe Kelly on the disabled list

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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and starter Joe Kelly have been placed on the disabled list to begin the season.

Uehara has a hamstring injury and recently suffered a setback, but is hoping to come off the DL when eligible on April 11. Kelly is also hoping to return from his strained biceps on April 11, which is when the Red Sox will need a fifth starter for the first time.

Edward Mujica is expected to fill in for Uehara early on.

Koji Uehara has setback with right hamstring, will not be ready for beginning of season

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Via Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal:

John Farrell is preparing to go into Opening Day without closer Koji Uehara.

Uehara felt discomfort in his hamstring while throwing in the bullpen on Saturday, a throwing session that was supposed to be the last step before he got into a Grapefruit League game. Instead, the Red Sox will back off Uehara, giving his hamstring another day or two of rest and rehabilitation before he tries to throw another bullpen.

Uehara originally strained his right hamstring on March 17 while doing conditioning drills in Red Sox camp. He obviously pushed it a little too hard in his rehab and will now presumably open the regular season on the 15-day disabled list. Edward Mujica is likely to get the early-season save opportunities for Boston.

Uehara has fantastic career numbers in the United States, but he gave up 10 earned runs in his final 7 2/3 innings last season and he turns 40 years old just before the beginning of the 2015 campaign.