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March 24, 2009

Uehara on Uehara

Koji Uehara just talked to the American media and seemed satisfied with his performance, but mostly because he got through it without tweaking his sore hamstring. He said he wasn't terribly concerned with anything else. He isn't proclaiming the injury completely healed, but said he will be ready for the regular season.

"I'm glad nothing happened,'' he said through interpreter Jiwon Bang. "In terms of fear going away completely, I don't know."

Though he pitched well and struck out seven, that was secondary to throwing 4 2/3 innings without incident.

"I was not really concerned with the content of what I threw,'' he said.

Uehara worked on a new changeup with pitching coach Rick Kranitz the other day and he threw it for the first time in a game in the third inning.

"I'm the type of guy who wants to throw a new pitch on the mound instead of in a bullpen situation,'' he said.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:50 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Just baseball


Pete, The unclear rotation picture may have just gotten a little murkier. While listening to the Orioles broadcast this afternoon I heard that Trembley now says that Bergesen is back in the mix and is minor league camp just "to get in his innings."

The situation continues to get curiouser and curiouser. One things clear, though, and that's how impressive Koji looked. Glad to see he's already working the circle change into his repertoire. So at least there's a little good news.

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