Red Sox activate SS Lugo from DL

Updated: April 27, 2009, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Boston Red Sox activated shortstop Julio Lugo and gave outfielder J.D. Drew a day off Monday.

To make room for Lugo, sidelined since spring training with a knee injury, the Red Sox returned right-hander Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Drew rested a sore left quadriceps. He left a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

"It feels better," Drew said. "I didn't know if it was cramps, but it felt tight and I told them that if I had to make a long run in the outfield or go first to third, there might be a problem."

Lugo was hurt in a March 13 exhibition game against the Yankees and opened the season on the 15-day disabled list after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"I feel good, but it is almost like spring training again for me," said Lugo, who had a four-game rehab stint at Pawtucket. "I'm eager to play."

Manager Terry Francona said Lugo and Drew would probably be in the lineup sometime during a three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland. Francona also gave an encouraging report on right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, on the disabled list since April 15 with a sore right shoulder.

"We activated Lugo, so he's ready," Francona said. "But he's had only 12 at-bats, so we'll be cautious and pay attention to how he's feeling.

"With J.D., we got him out of there so that it wasn't a multiple-week thing instead of one night. He's available. Dice-K was out to 120 feet [throwing] today and will do a bullpen session on Wednesday," Francona said.

Francona said that if that workout went well, Matsuzaka could soon start a rehab assignment in the minors.

Bowden was called up before Sunday's game against the Yankees and pitched two perfect innings in Boston's 4-1 victory.


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