Right-hander Uehara set to return to Giants

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun Right-hander Koji Uehara, a free agent who last pitched for the Chicago Cubs, will return to the Yomiuri Giants, it was learned Thursday.

Uehara will rejoin the Giants 10 years after leaving Nippon Professional Baseball for the major leagues as a free agent.

He is expected to wear No. 11.

In January, Uehara said he would retire if he could not secure a major league contract, but later had a change of heart.

In response, the Giants offered him contract terms with the recognition that he had greatly contributed to the team in the past.

He is expected to work out of the bullpen.

Uehara became the ace as a rookie with the Giants in 1999, winning 20 games that season. He earned 32 saves as the team’s closer in 2007.

In 2009, he joined the Baltimore Orioles to begin a career in the major leagues, where he found success as a reliever, particularly as a closer. In 2013, Uehara became the first Japanese to earn a save in a World Series game while with the Boston Red Sox, his third big league team.

In 10 years with Yomiuri, Uehara posted a 112-62 record with 33 saves and a 3.01 ERA.

In the majors, he put up a 22-26 record with 95 saves and a 2.66 ERA over nine years.Speech

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