Craig Kimbrel’s recovery on arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus has progressed so quickly, he was activated from the disabled list on Monday and joined the team in Seattle.
Right-hander Joe Kelly returned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.
Three weeks after the knee injury, Kimbrel came through a rehab outing in Pawtucket on Saturday night without any discomfort. He threw 17 pitches against three batters and recorded only one out.
Kimbrel was 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances before he was injured on July 9.
With Koji Uehara (pectoral injured), Brad Ziegler had assumed the closer’s role in Kimbrel’s absence.
Kelly (9-6, 7.62) was used as a reliever in his latest stint with the Red Sox. He allowed a run and four hits in three appearances (3 2/3 innings) with one strikeout since returning July 25.
The Red Sox still need to make another roster move to make room for newly acquired left-handed reliever Fernando Abad, traded from the Twins prior to the 4 p.m. deadline on Monday.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.