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Rotowire: Mar 2 / 4:03a ET
News: Mujica entered training camp 15 pounds lighter, something that has quickened his arm speed, according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Herald reports. "Whether or not [the increased arm speed] translates to velocity, we'll see," said Farrell.
Impact: Mujica is entering the final year of his contract at a time when set-up guys are getting multi-year deals. He's coming off a dichotomous season in which a poor first half gave way to an effective second half that included six-of-six in save opportunities. As Farrell manages Koji Uehara's workload, Mujica is in line for a handful of saves over the course of the 2015 season. And possibly more, if Uehara experiences any arm problems.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 6:35a ET
News: Mujica revealed he had a neck issue early last season, something that played a role in his slow start to the season, WEEI.com reports. The right-hander carried a 7.29 ERA after his first 22 appearances.
Impact: Mujica said he was diagnosed with a C1 vertebrae being out of place, but it did not bother him in the warm climate of Florida. It didn't begin to bother him until he hit the colder weather up north and didn't clear up until midway through the season. He also said adjusting to the American League played a role in his subpar April and May. Mujica is scheduled for late-inning relief work and occasional save opportunities in 2015.
Rotowire: Feb 22 / 4:16a ET
News: Mujica is in line to be Boston's closer for games when Koji Uehara is not available, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell laid out his plans for the bullpen Saturday, noting that he'll monitor Uehara's usage closely. Mujica served in that role last season when Uehara was removed from the closer's role in early September. Mujica's career in Boston started dismally, but he was quite effective in the second half of the season, posting a 1.78 ERA with six saves in 29 games after the All-Star break.