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Koji Uehara could be left off the Rangers’ World Series roster

Oct 17, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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When the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara from the Orioles at the trade deadline, they were hoping he would be a stabilizing force for the backend of their bullpen. However, he’s been anything but during the postseason, allowing five runs on five hits (including three home runs) in just 1 1/3 innings over three appearances.

Other members of the Rangers’ bullpen have pitched well during his struggles, so Jon Paul Morosi of notes that Uehara could be left off the World Series roster if right-hander Mark Lowe is deemed healthy.

Lowe hasn’t pitched since September 20 due to a left hamstring strain, but posted a 3.80 ERA and 42/19 K/BB ratio over 45 innings during the regular season. The 28-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session earlier today, after which Rangers manager Ron Washington told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the team is looking over its options.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Keep him away from spotted headscarves and daggers for a few days….

    • randomdigits - Oct 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Racially insensitive and generally distasteful, that is a lot of fail in just 12 words.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    You’ll have to explain why it’s “racially insensitive.” But while you try to come up with some lame rationalizations for your acute P/C parody – like, maybe, that seppuku was just something I made up like, oh, Kurosawa’s lost masterpiece in the can in the basement at Toho Studios, here are a few more ziplocked fails for you: Pearl Harbor (two words). Bataan death march (three words). Naking massacre (two words), Shimabara revolt (two words), General Tojo (two words), Yakuza (one word), kaiju eiga lip-synching (three or four words, depending on whether or not you find hyphens racially insensitive as perhaps a graphic depiction of a harikari sword), Mishima Yukio-san’s valedictory at the Japan Defense Force HQ (ten words), and finally, fermented soybean paste with white rice, soy sauce, shredded daikon and wasabi (12 words – kinda like a tweet limit, you know?).

    There, that’s really piling it on. Do you think the dignity of the Japanese nation can survive it, you putz?

    • randomdigits - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      I was thinking more of two words- Hideki Irabu.

      Someone killing themselves is not a laughing matter.

      • Old Gator - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM

        But this wasn’t about Hideki Irabu, was it? Go back to the thread about Irabu and see what I wrote there. There’s a big gulf between a clinically depressed and despondent guy with a real problem who commits suicide and a joke about a cultural convention over a matter of so-called “honor,” isn’t there? Last I checked, Uehara hasn’t killed himself, nor is he likely to.

        And there’s also a big difference between a joke about a cultural convention and a racial matter. There’s nothing wrong with being alert to racist comments or derision. However, when you become, as they say, so “knee-jerk” PC that you see “racism” in satire, you only sound thoughtless. You also contribute to the overkill of PC that wears on the huge majority of people who aren’t ideologically vested in every iota of cultural or racial stereotyping, which only makes it harder for folks who try to fight mindless bigotry on the serious level of law and social custom. Get a grip on it.

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