The Red Sox will start Friday night's homestand against the Rays with one of their most important players back.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who suffered a small fracture in the talus bone of his left ankle on April 8, was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Brock Holt was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain in a corresponding move.
The return of Bogaerts should give the lineup a big boost, considering he was the hottest hitter on the team at the time of his injury.
In one Minor League rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Bogaerts belted a homer and a double, both to the opposite field in right.
"I talked to him ... and he was very upbeat," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He didn't have to convince me. He was emphatic and genuine and he said it with conviction. He's upbeat and we're looking forward to having him back at shortstop in the middle of the lineup. It seems like -- I know it's [just] a rehab game -- but his swing is still there."
The right-handed-hitting Bogaerts should help the Red Sox, because the club has been spotty at the plate in the latter part of this nine-game road trip.
"It creates balance," said Cora. "We're very left-handed right now. The way he was driving the ball, it's important to have him there, then the rest of the guys will fall into place. You don't put as much pressure to the other guys. There's a consistent one through five. There's a reason he's hitting fifth -- he's a difference-maker."