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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.