BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves on Friday, and among them is the return of second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The team officially activated the 34-year-old from the 10-day disabled list after he had been sidelined since August 12.
Pedroia, who hit the DL with left knee inflammation, had been batting .324 with four homers, 25 RBIs, and an .874 OPS in 24 games since the start of July prior to the injury. Pedroia is batting .303 with six home runs and 54 RBIs in 86 games on the season.
Right-handed reliever Matt Barnes was also activated from the disabled list on Friday. He had been sidelined since August 22 with a low back strain.
The Red Sox also announced several roster call-ups for their September 1 roster expansion. Catcher Blake Swihart, first baseman Sam Travis, right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox, and left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias were all recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Swihart, 25, will make his Boston debut after 62 games between Triple-A and the Gulf Coast League. He batted just .190 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 53 games with Pawtucket.
Travis, 24, will return to Boston after making his major league debut in May. He has batted .279 with one run batted in at the major league level in 2017.
Pedroia’s return to the Red Sox lineup will be a welcome one, but it will also raise questions of how John Farrell will handle his lineup. Hot-hitting trade deadline pickup Eduardo Nunez had been playing second base in Pedroia’s absence.