Xander Bogaerts will return to the Boston Red Sox lineup Friday after the team activated the star shortstop off the COVID-19 related injury list.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Bogaerts' activation and a few other moves before Friday night's series opener versus the American League Central-leading White Sox in Chicago.
Here's a recap of Boston's roster moves, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe:
The return of Bogaerts is a huge deal for the Red Sox. He is one of the best shortstops in all of baseball and leads the Red Sox with a .298 batting average and a .366 on-base percentage.
Bogaerts will bat fourth in the lineup Friday night. He last played Aug. 31.
The Red Sox entered Friday's games with a one game lead over the rival New York Yankees for the first wild card playoff spot in the AL.