Things seem to be going really badly for the Red Sox team. This time, it is Red Sox closer Koji Uehara who is out for the entire season with a broken wrist.
While confirming Uehara ‘s inability to participate this season, the Red Sox sent out a statement saying “On Sunday, Sox manager John Farrell indicated that newly acquired Jean Machi would work as the closer in Uehara’s absence … Junichi Tazawa is another possibility but the Red Sox seem inclined to continue using him as a set-up man.”
During a Friday night game in Detroit, Uehara was struck by a line drive from Ian Kinsler; though the initial x-ray did not show a fracture, a recent CT scan by the team’s medical staff proved a non-displaced distal radius fracture on his right wrist.
Uehara is currently signed on with the Red Sox for $9 million till next year, but with the current injury and inability to play further games, his season total stands at 2.23 ERA and 25 saves in 27 chances.
Apart from Uehara, Sox’s left-fielder Hanley Ramirez is suffering from a sore, swollen left foot from foul balls while batsman Pablo Sandoval’s style is cramped with a jammed left thumb. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is still out of commission and is sitting pretty on the disabled list with a strained hamstring (right). So mostly the team is banking on Brock Holt who plays in almost all the positions on the field. Apart from this, the team also received infielder Josh Rutledge in a trade with Los Angeles Angels and bought over infielder Carlos Rivero from the Seattle Mariners.