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Koji Uehara out “a few days” after cortisone injection in elbow

Mar 3, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

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Koji Uehara won’t throw for at least a few days after getting a cortisone injection today in his right elbow.

Uehara told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the injury “is not even serious” and described it as merely “arm fatigue,” but the closer candidate has had elbow problems in the past and re-signed with the Orioles for just $3 million in guaranteed money in part because other teams likely had concerns about his holding up physically.

According to Ghiroli “apparently he gets these pretty frequently so the team isn’t overly concerned at this point.”

Uehara is widely viewed as the favorite to claim ninth-inning duties, but with former closer Kevin Gregg also in the mix he definitely won’t be handed the job.

  1. BC - Mar 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Having to get a cortisone shot two and a half weeks into spring training – in your elbow no less – is NOT a good sign. Gotta watch this one closely. I sense fail.

  2. paintan8 - Mar 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    What’s Japanese for “fragile”?

    • Panda Claus - Mar 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      I believe the term you’re searching for is “Koji”.

      • cur68 - Mar 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        脆弱 I think. Check with Gator.

      • Panda Claus - Mar 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM

        cur98, Google translator agrees with you. Of course Koji is 麹. You could probably see how easy it is to confuse the two terms.

      • BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM

        I have no comment. The only time I see symbols like that is playing Mah Jongg or looking at the Led Zeppelin 4 album cover.

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