Uehara available; Ortiz gets planned night off

Uehara available; Ortiz gets planned night off
April 18, 2014, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- After pitching for the first time in over a week in Thursday night's 3-1 win over the White Sox, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is available to pitch again on Friday night against the Orioles.

"Koji's fine," manager John Farrell said. "Last night was fine so he would be available tonight."

Uehara earned his third save of the season on Thursday in Chicago. It was his first time on the mound since April 9 when he earned a save in a 4-2 win over the Rangers.

Two days after that outing, Uehara reported some stiffness in his shoulder while playing long toss at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox announced on Monday that an MRI on the 39-year-old's shoulder revealed no structural damage, allowing him to avoid time on the disabled list.

Farrell also mentioned in his pregame press conference on Friday that David Ortiz has been given a scheduled night off. Mike Napoli will take over the designated hitter's role and hit fourth against O's righty starter Chris Tillman, while Mike Carp will fill in at first base and hit fifth.