Uehara likely to take on increased responsibilities

Uehara likely to take on increased responsibilities

ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Koji Uehara is likely to take on a more prominent role in the bullpen with Mike Adams sidelined with a strained muscle in the back of his right shoulder.

Uehara has emerged from his own physical problems to become one of the Rangers most effective relievers lately. Uehara, who was on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in his right rib cage from June 10 to Aug. 26, went into Friday's game having pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his last 10 games. He had also retired 17 straight hitters, including 10 on strikeouts, and 22 of the last 24 he's faced.

"He has been very aggressive and very convenient with his pitches," manager Ron Washington said. "He's getting early outs, he's not wasting pitches. He's attacking the strike zone. He looks strong. He looks like he's fired up to compete."

Adams has been the Rangers primary reliever in the eighth inning but will be sidelined for an unknown length of time. Uehara and Alexi Ogando will likely be the primary right-handed setup relievers while left-hander Robbie Ross will likely get late inning work, as well.