O's Koji Uehara expects to begin season on DL

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Koji Uehara headshot.jpgKoji Uehara, currently grounded by a left hamstring strain suffered on March 18, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com (though his interpreter) that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list:

 “If it happens,
there’s nothing I can do about it,” Koji said through interpreter Jiwon
Bang. “Obviously
we don’t have many days before [April 6’s] Opening Day, so you kind of
expect
it.”

Uehara, who turns 35 in April, was 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 starts with the Orioles last season, but didn’t make an another appearance after June 12 because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. While he was a starter in his first year stateside, manager Dave Trembley has designs on using him out of the bullpen this season. The sample size was limited, but the raw numbers in his brief sneak preview last season suggest that he would do pretty well as a reliever. We’ll probably have to wait to find out.

The Red Sox seem content to let Craig Kimbrel sign elsewhere

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LAS VEGAS — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski strongly signaled that the team was unlikely to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, telling the assembled Boston media contingent that, “we’re not looking to make a per se big expenditure in that area.” Referring to the bullpen.

Kimbrel, who saved 42 games for the World Series champs, was recently reported to be seeking a six-year contract. I doubt he gets that, but he’ll get a pretty big deal nonetheless, and the Sox obviously feel like they can manage with a cheaper option in the back of the bullpen.