Uehara, Kenta 上原 健太 (うえはら・けんた)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #20 | P
Born: 03/28/1994 (age 26)
Height: 190cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Okinawa
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 広陵高(甲)-明大
Roster Changes: added 09/29/2016, removed 09/30/2016

[8/23/2017] Kenta Uehara taken off the active roster

Kenta Uehara popped a blister on his left index finger during his last start on August 20 against Seibu. He was taken off the active roster today.

Uehara’s finger is healing, but the Nippon Ham Fighters did not want to risk the possibility of a break down in his mechanics by trying to throw with the popped blister.

Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2017


Kenta Uehara: Did You Know



July 14 vs Pacific at Fujisakidai Stadium – Uehara pitched in Game 2 of the 2018 All-Star series and at forty-three years and three months, became the oldest pitcher in All-Star history to make an appearance in a game. The previous record of forty-two years and two months was set by Kimiyasu Kudo in 2005.

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2018, Sponichi 7/14/2018

July 20 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Uehara picked up the 100th hold of his career and became the first player in NPB history to record 100 wins, 100 saves, and 100 holds (MLB and NPB combined totals). Totals: 134 wins (112 NPB, 22 MLB), 128 saves (33 NPB, 95 MLB), 100 holds (19 NPB, 81 MLB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/20/2018, Daily Sports 7/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/20/2018

According to Sponichi, Uehara is trying to gain some weight, but is having some difficulty. He started eating seven meals a day, or over 10,000 kcals a day, after the 2016 season and has not seen any changes in his weight. According to Sports Hochi, he is trying to add about four kilograms before the start of spring camp and has so far only managed packed on two kilograms, despite consuming over 10,000 kcals a day.

Source: Sponichi 1/11/2017, Sports Hochi 1/11/2017