ARLINGTON -- Reliever Koji Uehara has one word to describe his first month with the Rangers. "Negative," Uehara said. "I haven't been able to produce." That isn't completely true. But Uehara gave up two more runs to the Angels on Saturday night and is now 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 games since being acquired from the Orioles on July 30. He has allowed three home runs, including one Saturday night to Howard Kendrick.
Manager Ron Washington said he is still staying with Uehara and Mike Adams as his late-inning setup relievers, noting he has not lost confidence in Uehara despite his struggles. "When it's time to give him the ball, I'm going to give him the ball," Washington said. "People have stretches, but when things don't go right, but I'm not going to jump off the bandwagon. I'm going to ride this until it sinks because it could be like a submarine and resurface." Uehara said he is still trying to find his "rhythm" with his new team while adjusting to a new routine and new living conditions. He is still living out of a hotel instead of his home in Baltimore. The heat has also been a significant adjustment. "Not only the weather, but a lot of issues," Uehara said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'll just continue to work hard and hopefully it will change. Time will solve everything."