Originally the plan was to rest Uehara and setup man Junichi Tazawa until later in the spring because of their workload during the postseason. But both Japanese righties made their debuts on Monday. Tazawa worked around one hit in his scoreless inning.
What made manager John Farrell change his mind?
Both of the Japanese pitchers wanted to get some time against the National League teams that they are facing now in the Spring.
"They're going to have ample rest in between their outings," Farrell said. "We still target roughly seven outings in Spring Training for both of them."
Time to dust off and wash your Koji Uehara jersey, High Five City is back in town.
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