NEW YORK - The news was better than expected on Koji Uehara, who took part in a long-toss session in the outfield Sunday afternoon to test the stiffness he experienced in his right shoulder Friday afternoon.
"He had a good throwing session,'' said John Farrell. "He came away from it encouraged and during the time he was throwing, he felt better than he actually expected.
"He's still going to return to Boston to go through a full work-up [Monday] and, at this point, we're hopeful and expecting him to return to us in Chicago. We'd still like to get him off a mound in a bullpen session before we get him back in a game. But today overall, was very good news regarding Koji.''
Uehara threw from a distance of 200 feet at first, then shortened up his throw to 65-70 and, according to Farrell, "was aggressive on flat ground with both his fastball and his split. He was really able to generate good arm speed and he's moving past some concerns he had mentally. I think a bullpen session is certainly going to be needed and helpful to get past that further.''
Uehara felt stiffness while long-tossing Friday, leading to the Sox using Edward Mujica in a ninth-inning save situation that night.
After the game, Uehara triggered some alarm when he noted that he had felt a similar tightness in his shoulder in June of 2012 when he was with Texas. He would need 2 1/2 months to recover from that bout of soreness after aggravating the condition further during his rehab.
This time, however, it seems the Sox have been more fortunate.