Red Sox place RHP Koji Uehara on 15-day disabled list
The Boston Red Sox today placed right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Noe Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Uehara, 41, is 2-3 with six saves and a 4.50 ERA (18 ER/36.0 IP) in 39 appearances this season. The right-hander is averaging 12.75 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (51 SO), the highest mark of his career and the 10th-highest among qualifying major league relievers in 2016. The Japanese native has converted each of his last five save opportunities and has not surrendered a run in any of his last four appearances. Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent on December 18, 2012, Uehara is 19-22 with 92 saves, 510 strikeouts, and a 2.59 ERA (123 ER/426.2 IP) in 376 career major league outings (12 starts) with the Baltimore Orioles (2009-11), Texas Rangers (2011-12), and Red Sox (2013-16). In 219 appearances with Boston, he is 14-13 with 78 saves, a 2.30 ERA (55 ER/215.0 IP), and 279 strikeouts against 35 walks.
Ramirez, 26, has made 11 relief appearances over six stints with Boston this season, posting no record and a 6.55 ERA (8 ER/11.0 IP) with 11 strikeouts. The right-hander has also made 18 appearances with Pawtucket this year, earning three saves and going 1-3 with a 2.36 ERA (7 ER/26.2 IP) and 25 strikeouts compared to eight walks. A fourth-round selection by the Red Sox in the 2011 June Draft, Ramirez has a career 0-1 record with a 5.25 ERA (14 ER/24.0 IP) and 24 strikeouts in 28 major league relief outings, all with the Red Sox. Over five minor league seasons, the 2014 Eastern League mid-season All-Star has a 2.82 ERA (93 ER/297.0 IP) and 276 strikeouts alongside a 12-14 record in 142 games (17 starts).