Red Sox activate right fielder

Updated: June 17, 2004, 1:54 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Boston Red Sox activated right fielder Trot Nixon from the disabled list Wednesday night, and he homered against the Colorado Rockies in his 2004 debut.

The Red Sox sent right-hander Anastacio Martinez to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Nixon, who had been out all season with a slight herniated disc and a strained left quadriceps.

Nixon set career bests last year with a .306 batting average and 28 home runs, and he also drove in 87 runs in 134 games. He injured his back before the season and had to sit out six more weeks after injuring his quad during rehab.

Batting sixth against the Rockies, Nixon flied out to deep center in the second inning before lining a solo homer to right in the fourth. He finished 1-for-4 in the 7-6 loss.

Martinez was 2-0 with a 6.52 ERA in 10 games after being recalled on May 21, but manager Terry Francona wanted to find more innings for right-hander Scott Williamson, who was activated from the DL last week.

"The time he spent with us has been great for him and great for us," Francona said. "He's shown up a couple of times really, really well. I think he will go back to Triple-A and be a better pitcher. If he can go back and make an impact in Triple-A, he will be back pitching for us."


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