SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 09: Koji Uehara #19 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 9, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
To make room for Uehara on their roster, the Rangers optioned right-hander Tanner Scheppers to Triple-A.
Uehara has been out since June while battling a lat injury. He made his first appearance since June 9 last night against the Minnesota Twins, allowing one hit during a scoreless inning of work.
Though durability has been an issue for Uehara since he joined Major League Baseball in 2009, the 37-year-old has impressed when he’s been able to pitch. He owns a career ERA and WHIP of 3.02 and 0.949 and has posted a 2.11 ERA with 9.3 SO/9 and a miniscule 0.8 BB/9 over twenty-one and one-third innings this season.
Scheppers appeared in twenty-nine games with the Rangers this season. The 25-year-old maintained an ERA of 4.56 with 8.1 SO/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over twenty-five and two-thirds innings.
Will Uehara be able to remain effective/healthy into the postseason?