Uehara has fractured wrist, done for season
BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Koji Uehara's season is over. The righty was diagnosed with a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist, the club announced on Monday.
The injury occurred Friday night, when Uehara was belted on the hand by a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler at Comerica Park. Uehara recovered and got the out at first for the final out of what wound up being his 25th and final save of the season.
It remains to be seen who will fill the closer's role in Uehara's absence. Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi are candidates.
Uehara is expected to make a full recovery and is under contract with the Red Sox for 2016 at $9 million.
Aside from a slump late in 2014, Uehara has done a solid job in his three seasons as closer of the Red Sox.
Uehara made 43 appearances for the Red Sox this year, posting a 2.23 ERA while converting 25 of 27 save opportunities and striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. Initial X-rays were negative, but Uehara later flew back to Boston to undergo more tests.