TORONTO -- Perhaps not enough was made of the acquisition of reliever Koji Uehara during the offseason.
In his first two appearances with the Red Sox, Uehara has retired all six batters he has faced, throwing a total of 14 pitches.
After Felix Doubront opened the sixth by giving up a double on Friday night, Uehara struck out the next two batters and then got a flyout. He bounced off the mound with emotion.
"Well, he's going to be a one-inning guy," said manager John Farrell. "The number of pitches he's thrown has been about as minimal as you can get. The urge, or the tendency, is going to be to call his name all the time. He loves to compete. You see the energy he comes off the field with after completing an inning.
"Fortunately we've got the depth that we do, and the quality that we do. We'll have the ability to spread some things out and Koji will be a guy who will factor all those things."
The 38-year-old Uehara posted a 2.42 ERA for the Rangers last season.
"He did pitch on back-to-back days a few times last year, but we have to consider that, not taking anything away from him, but he's had a long career -- and a very successful one," said Farrell. "We've got to manage the physical side of that."
Iglesias feeling better, but gets day off
TORONTO -- A day after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Josh Johnson, Jose Iglesias was out of the Red Sox's lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Pedro Ciriaco made his first start of the season. Manager John Farrell had planned on giving Ciriaco the start even before Iglesias got hit, but the minor injury made it easier for Farrell to rest the red-hot Iglesias, who is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday.
"Actually he checked out OK this morning," Farrell said. "He went out and threw and felt OK. We had today as a scheduled down day for him. He's available today if the need does arise. It's encouraging that he came back in and pleaded his case to try to get in today's lineup."
Ciriaco did a solid job when he replaced Iglesias during Friday's game, getting two hits, including an RBI single.
"Yeah, given that he's watched the first three-plus games, then he comes in, gets an RBI base hit right off the bench," said Farrell. "He's a very good player -- very athletic, very talented. He's proven that, throughout the course of all last year, whether it was Pawtucket, whether it was here, that he's a reliable guy."
Stephen Drew was slated to play his third rehab game Saturday afternoon for Double-A Portland, but the Sea Dogs' game was postponed due to cold weather. The shortstop was scheduled to play in four Minor League games, so it's unclear if he'll return for the Red Sox in Monday's home opener.