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.