Uehara to return for KC series

Uehara to return for KC series

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, who hasn't pitched since a blown save in New York on Sept. 4, will resurface for the four-game series that starts in Kansas City on Thursday.

Uehara will pitch in lower leverage situations upon his return with the expectation he will be reinstalled as the closer before the season ends.

The Red Sox saw some encouraging signs from an extended bullpen session Uehara threw on Tuesday.

"Good," said manager John Farrell. "Similar aggressiveness to in-game. There was finish to his split. As much as the bullpen is going to tell you without the reaction of a hitter, this was part of what we agreed upon to set out a plan. That was a number of days where there was no throw, some long toss and bullpen and get him back in game action."

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