Boston, MA – The Boston Red Sox activated pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list and placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day DL among several roster moves on Monday.
Matsuzaka hadn't pitched since July 2 thanks to a right upper trapezius strain, but he was activated in time to make the start as the Sox completed a four-game series with the Royals with a 5-1 win. He worked seven innings, scattering five hits and one unearned run with two walks and six strikeouts.
The 31-year-old right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.65 earned run average in five starts after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but was placed back on the DL on July 3.
Ortiz has been slowed by a right Achilles strain, and his move is retroactive to August 25. For the 36-year-old slugger, this marks his second DL stint in 2012, after a spell from July 17-August 23 with the same injury.
In addition, Boston recalled outfielder Ryan Kalish and optioned pitcher Pedro Beato to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Kalish will see his third stint with the big club this season. In 25 appearances with the Sox already, he hit just .203 with three doubles and five RBI.
Beato won his Red Sox debut on Sunday after being recalled from Pawtucket prior to the game.