Boston will be without its closer for the remainder of the season. Koji Uehara has had success in 2015 but will be out for the remainder of the year with a fractured wrist, the club announced.
Uehara, 40, was struck by ball on Friday night, and although the Red Sox were initially optimistic, tests revealed notable damage. Over 40.1 innings, he has posted a 2.23 ERA and 2.41 FIP to complement 25 saves. Uehara is under contract for next season after signing a two-year, $18 million last offseason.
Although they fell out of contention, the Red Sox did not opt to trade Uehara in the days leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. If the organization wants to consider dealing him moving forward, they might be able to maximize the return. Top closers, such as Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Kimbrel, were being shopped before the end of July.
Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi could both see time closing games for the Red Sox.
Th Red Sox are expected to recall Ryan Cook, who was acquired from the Athletics at the trade deadline, in the corresponding roster move. Cook has posted a 4.05 ERA and 4.76 FIP over 33.1 innings in Triple-A.