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Healthy Uehara impresses Showalter

Healthy Uehara impresses Showalter

BALTIMORE -- Injuries have sidelined Koji Uehara for much of his two seasons in Baltimore, but he's been good when healthy. Uehara is on a roll now, posting a sparkling 0.53 ERA and allowing just one run in 17 innings over his past 14 games.

Manager Buck Showalter has said that he's evaluating everyone now for next year, but said he can see what Uehara can bring to a team.

"I don't throw out what's gone on here for a year and three-quarters-ish," Showalter said. "I know what I've seen since I've been here. I can see why he was somebody that was coveted to bring in. Keeping him healthy, I know, has been a challenge, but it's pretty obvious when he's healthy that he can make a really good contribution."

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Uehara closed out Thursday's 4-0 victory over the Rangers with a scoreless ninth inning after Brian Matusz blanked Texas through eight.

In Monday's win over the Mariners, Uehara struck out a season-best four batters in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He's held right-handed hitters to a .183 average so far this season, but has two stints on the disabled list.

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