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Rotowire: Mar 2 / 7:37p ET
News: Uehara threw his first bullpen session of the spring Monday, CSN New England reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell, who watched the session intently, was pleased with the life and action of Uehara's pitches, particularly his splitter.
Rotowire: Feb 22 / 4:07a ET
News: Uehara's usage will be monitored closely this season as manager John Farrell said he'll do his best never to warm up the reliever without bringing him into the game, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: That sounds like the normal course Farrell has taken with Uehara since he first signed with Boston in 2013. If Uehara is unavailable for any game this season, Edward Mujica will serve as Boston's closer.
Rotowire: Feb 17 / 4:58a ET
News: Uehara had a lower-back problem that caused him to alter his mechanics and resulted in a poor stretch of pitching last season, the Boston Herald reports. In a six-game stretch between Aug. 16 and Sep. 4, opponents hit .500 off Uehara, who allowed 14 hits, four homers and 10 runs in 4.2 innings.
Impact: The poor stretch prompted manager John Farrell to remove Uehara from the closer's role as the reliever made just three appearances over the final three weeks of the season. Given some down time and rest, the back problem resolved itself. The Red Sox evaluated Uehara following the season and gave him a clean bill of health and a two-year contract. We suppose it's good news that the ineffective pitching was the result of a physical problem and not over-use, but we are still talking about a 40-year-old pitcher.