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The Boston Red Sox want to wait until closer Koji Uehara's long toss session on Sunday before possibly sending him back to Boston for tests on his stiff right shoulder.

"He's unavailable today," manager John Farrell said before Saturday's game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. "We haven't gotten to the point of any roster move with him. We're still gathering information. We'll look to put him through a little bit of a throwing program tomorrow. That's the next step."

Uehara reported stiffness in the back of his shoulder after playing long toss with teammate Junichi Tazawa before Friday's game.

Edward Mujica, who had 37 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, closed out the Red Sox's 4-2 victory Friday. Farrell said Mujica will act as closer while Uehara is out.

Uehara has two saves and has not allowed a run in five appearances this season. He has seven strikeouts in five innings.

The Red Sox are off Monday and begin a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

---Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mat Latos had an MRI on his pitching forearm on Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Latos started the season on the disabled list because he was still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but he felt inflammation in the forearm during a bullpen session on Friday.

Latos was expected to come off the DL before the end of the month, but the setback will likely extend his stay on the DL.

---Jose Veras is out as the Chicago Cubs' closer.

Veras blew both his save chances and has a 12.27 ERA, 2.46 WHIP, seven walks, three hit batsmen and one wild pitch in 3 2/3 innings over four outings this season.

Manager Rick Renteria said Saturday he will give others a chance to close games after Veras' latest struggles on Friday night.

Hector Rondon got the save in the 11th inning Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, Pedro Strop is the eighth-inning setup man. Justin Grimm might also be considered.

---The St. Louis Cardinals gave general manager John Mozeliak a two-year contract extension that runs through 2018.

Mozeliak, 45, has been the Cardinals' GM the last six seasons. During that time, the club has been to the playoffs four times, won two National League pennants, and won the World Series in 2011. He has been with the team for 19 years.

"I think what we've been able to accomplish here is something we all take a lot of pride in, but we also know every year is a new year and every year has new challenges," Mozeliak said. "I think that's the exciting thing about working with this group. It's innovative, it's creative and it's not looking back. It's about looking forward."

The Cardinals have kept several significant players under team control through Mozeliak's negotiations, including outfielder Matt Holliday, catcher Yadier Molina, pitcher Adam Wainwright, first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and infielder Matt Carpenter.

Club chairman Bill DeWitt said the timing was right to extend Mozeliak's contract.

"Given where we are and how the organization's doing, it was appropriate for us to do it," DeWitt said. "It was pretty hectic during spring training and the first part of the season, so we felt it was appropriate to do it now."

---The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed reliever Hector Noesi from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

To make room on their 40-man roster, the Rangers transferred infielder Jurickson Profar to the 60-day disabled list.

Noesi, 27, has allowed three runs in one inning this season. He was designated for assignment after giving up a game-winning homer against Oakland A's outfielder Coco Crisp.

In his major-league career, Noesi is 4-16 with a 5.64 ERA in 66 appearances (21 starts).

Noesi went from the New York Yankees to the Mariners before the 2012 season as part of a trade involving catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Michael Pineda.

--The Oakland A's designated outfielder Sam Fuld for assignment on Saturday.

Fuld was the odd man odd when outfielder Craig Gentry came off the disabled list and outfielder Coco Crisp was healthy enough to play Saturday following a recent cortisone shot in his hurt left wrist.

Fuld is 6-for-30 with a home run and four RBIs this season. In his career, the 32-year-old is batting .235 with seven home runs, 58 RBIs, 28 doubles and 38 stolen bases over 359 games with the Chicago Cubs (2009-10), Tampa Bay Rays (2011-13) and A's.
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