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Koji likely available despite recent fatigue

7/2/2014

BOSTON –Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will likely be available if needed Wednesday night, despite telling reporters through an interpreter that he felt fatigued during his appearance Tuesday night.

Sox manager John Farrell said all signs point to Uehara being an option, adding that he feels Uehara hasn’t been overused.

“There’s been times where he’s expressed [fatigue] with some regularity of use,” Farrell said. “The one thing that Koji’s been very clear at is that anytime he does feel something he’s expressive and we wouldn’t do anything to put him in harm’s way.”

Coming in to pitch the top of the ninth in Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs, Uehara allowed the winning run to score on a sacrifice fly after giving up a leadoff single to Anthony Rizzo and double to Starlin Castro. He was saddled with his second loss of the season as the Red Sox offense failed to score in the bottom half of the inning.

After the game, Uehara said that he felt his stuff wasn’t crisp and that he thinks some adjustments need to be made.

The 39-year-old has made 38 appearances this season, allowing only two runs in his first 31 before giving up four runs in his past seven games.