After a bullpen session yesterday John Farrell said Koji Uehara is not being ruled out for Opening Day.
The news came following the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. During the game Uehara threw his first full bullpen session since he began fighting a hamstring injury two weeks ago. The team hoped that the closer would be able to play in three spring training games before Opening Day, and if he does that then there is a chance he will play.
“Realizing that we’re 10 days or nine days from opening, even if Koji were to get in a couple of games, I think, we’d still remain open-minded to beginning [with him],” Farrell said via MLB.com and according to NESN.
Farrell said that the situation is still day-to-day at this point, but that Uehara has kept his arm in shape along the way.
“We’re talking about a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy, who has been able to keep his arm in shape, at least through long toss and at least some flatground,” he added.
Keeping Koji would be huge for the Sox, with the barrage of injuries the team has always suffered they have to do everything they can to keep their key players on the field.