Koji Uehara termed himself “lucky” for netting a 1-2-3 double play in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s loss, and he wound up pulling himself from the game early. Uehara told reporters that he spoke to pitching coach Rick Kranitz after the sixth inning due to arm-strain.
“I noticed that the ball was going up,” he said. “And I noticed I really couldn’t put the strength in my arm, so I asked to pull myself out.”
Uehara has been plagued by hamstring problems both in Spring Training and the regular season, and his endurance has been called into question in games that are hot and humid. This, however, represented the first time he has actually pulled himself from the game.