Uehara triggers vesting option for 2014

Uehara triggers vesting option for 2014
August 14, 2013, 12:30 am
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TORONTO -- With his appearance in the 10th inning of the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Jays, Koji Uehara triggered his $4.25 million vesting option, which will bring him back for another season in the Red Sox bullpen.

"I'm unaware of clauses in contracts," manager John Farrell said before the game, "but . . . he's more than deserving. He's been an outstanding pitcher for us since Day One and we don't see that changing because of the competitor he is, how talented he is and how he prepares.

"He's done one hell of a job in the roles that he's filled."

Uehara earned the win for Boston Tuesday night, pitching 1 1/3 perfect innings with one strikeout. Since being named as closer in late June, replacing Andrew Bailey — who himself had replaced Joel Hanrahan -- Uehara has converted all but 2 of his 13 save chances, with an ERA of 0.37.

Uehara credits his success on the mound to being comfortable with his team.

"I feel that all the teammates and staff members have taken good care of me, I think that absolutely have contributed to my performance," he said.

And despite closing in on that magic No. 55, it wasn't on Uehara's mind before the game.

"I didn't think about it at all," Uehara said. "If I did, I wouldn't be able to pitch as I have been pitching lately."

"He's been efficient," said Farrell. "My gosh, you can't take away from how efficient he's been. He's been a savior for us . . . From a team standpoint, when you close out those games that you're supposed to win, I think that just eliminates the potential demoralizing feeling when those games slip away. He's been able to do that for us."