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The Red Sox activated shortstop Julio Lugo from the 15-day DL on Monday, and sent down recently called-up pitcher Michael Bowden. Bowden pitched great out of the bullpen for the Red Sox on Sunday, tossing two perfect innings of relief.
Lugo originally injured himself on March 13 in an exhibition game against the Yankees while competing for the starting SS job with Jed Lowrie. Lugo underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and was placed on the DL to start the season.
Lowrie started the season just 1-18 (.056) in his first five games before hitting the DL with a left wrist sprain. Nick Green has filled in nicely at SS, hitting .302 with 1 HR and 7 RBI, but has committed five errors in 13 games.
Reaction: Could his return be a blessing in disguise? Normally, I wouldn’t be happy to see Julio Lugo return to action, but the Red Sox are short at shortstop (no pun intended) and could use Lugo as a warm body for more middle infield depth.
Lugo is capable of hitting and who knows, maybe he could catch fire like in years past. For now, he won’t play defense any better than Nick Green, so it will be interesting to see how Terry Francona handles his return.