The question was relayed through an interpreter, but Koji Uehara understood perfectly.
After taking the ball in the ninth inning for the fourth time in five days, he was asked how his body was feeling.
For a pitcher who has been one of the more reliable out of the Red Sox bullpen this season but who at 38 years old is also one of the oldest, it’s been a constant consideration.
But since Uehara took over the team’s closing duties June 21, his durability has been an even greater focal point.
With a wide grin, Uehara said to a small pack of reporters, “Tomorrow: Day off.”
The rest was well-earned, as Uehara has given some stability to a closer position that has been inconsistent this season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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