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Koji Uehara Placed On the 15-day DL

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Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara came out of Tuesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants after throwing a pitch to Buster Posey. Uehara was complaining of pain in his right armpit as he left the field on Tuesday night. Before Wednesday’s game the Red Sox  placed Uehara on the 15-day DL with a pectoral strain.

Boston’s relief woes continue as Koji Uehara joins fellow relievers Craig Kimbrel and Junichi Tazawa, making it now 3  Boston relievers are on the DL. Now that Uehara is down the Red Sox will have to use their third closer for the season.

The Red Sox have called up Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in the gap in the bullpen. Ramirez has a 2.36 ERA with 25 strikeouts and allowed 8 walks in Triple-A.

Ramirez is coming up to the majors for the sixth time this season. His numbers in the majors have not been so good, Ramirez has allowed 8 earned runs in 11 innings pitched with a miserable 6.55 ERA.

As far as the new closer goes manager John Farrell said that Brad Ziegler will be the new closer. Farrell also mentioned that Robbie Ross Jr. or Tommy Layne may pitch in save situations when they are facing lefty-heavy lineups.

Ziegler was acquired from the Diamondbacks before the All-Star break, Ziegler had notched 18 saves with a 2.82 ERA with Arizona. Ziegler may not have to be the closer for too long as Kimbrel has improved quickly from his knee surgery and John Farrell says the way he has gone through rehab has been encouraging. Farrell said this about Kimbrel:

 “He is feeling pretty darn good. He had a very positive exam yesterday, recheck with Dr. Asnis. We’re hoping he gets out to 100, 120 feet in the next couple of days, as far as his flat ground catch goes. That next step after that flat ground work, hopefully that’s in the coming days.”