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O's Koji Uehara expects to begin season on DL

Mar 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

Koji Uehara headshot.jpgKoji Uehara, currently grounded by a left hamstring strain suffered on March 18, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com (though his interpreter) that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list:

 “If it happens,
there’s nothing I can do about it,” Koji said through interpreter Jiwon
Bang. “Obviously
we don’t have many days before [April 6's] Opening Day, so you kind of
expect
it.”

Uehara, who turns 35 in April, was 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 starts with the Orioles last season, but didn’t make an another appearance after June 12 because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. While he was a starter in his first year stateside, manager Dave Trembley has designs on using him out of the bullpen this season. The sample size was limited, but the raw numbers in his brief sneak preview last season suggest that he would do pretty well as a reliever. We’ll probably have to wait to find out.

  1. OsandRoyals - Mar 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    The major reason why Uehara is being shifted to the bullpen is because of his injuries. He’s had hamstring and elbow injuries throughout his time with the Orioles. Last year he opted to not have surgery on his elbow so there is a worry taht if he starts he will re-injure himself.
    As a starter he was usually very effective for about five innings before tiring. However when he tired, he tired quickly, giving up numerous hoemruns and hits, more than would be normally expected

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