Red Sox activate Wells; Nixon to DL

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox placed right fielder Trot Nixon on the disabled list Monday with a strained right biceps and activated left-hander David Wells, who started against the Cleveland Indians.
They also added Bryan Corey to the 25-man roster and optioned Jermaine Van Buren to Triple-A Pawtucket in moves involving right-handed relievers.
Wells had been on the disabled list since May 26 after being hit on the right knee with a line drive by Tampa Bay's Travis Lee. He entered Monday's game with an 0-1 record and 8.64 ERA in two starts.
Nixon was hurt when he swung at a pitch during Sunday night's 10-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and left the game immediately. He's batting .297 with seven homers and 47 RBIs.
General manager Theo Epstein estimated Nixon would miss three weeks.
The severity of the injury "is moderate," manager Terry Francona said. "It's not insignificant. It's not horrible. It's right in the middle." Wily Mo Pena started in right field Monday and is expected to be Nixon's primary replacement. In the home opener this season, a ball went off Pena's glove for a home run in right field against Toronto.
"His first day here didn't go as planned," Francona said. "In Boston, that can be the end of the world. He'll be fine."
The Red Sox obtained Corey on Sunday from Texas for pitcher Luis Mendoza, who was 1-5 with a 6.38 ERA in nine starts at Double-A Portland. Corey made 16 appearances for the Rangers, going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA.
Van Buren was 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in nine relief appearances with Boston.
n TWINS: Center fielder Torii Hunter was back in the Minnesota lineup Monday night after being activated from the 15-day disabled list before the Twins' game against the Texas Rangers.
Hunter, out since July 15 with a stress fracture in his left foot, actually hurt himself a month before being placed on the DL but played through the pain until it became too much. He said he believes the broken left ankle that cost him the final two months of the 2005 season also caused him to be cautious and run flat-footed this year. That led to the stress fracture.
The five-time Gold Glove award winner, who is batting .269 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs, sat out only one game all year until being disabled.
"I might have pushed it, but I'm a competitor, man. If I don't want to play, then I shouldn't be out there," Hunter said.
With Hunter returning to center, Jason Tyner moved to left field.
"It's Spider-Man," DH Rondell White said of Hunter. "Anytime you get Spider-Man back, it's a boost. He's the leader of the team. Anytime he's out there, it makes it way better."
Lohse, 27, started the year in the rotation but struggled and was demoted to Triple-A Rochester before being recalled to pitch out of the bullpen. He was 51-57 with a 4.88 ERA in his six-year tenure with the Twins.
"It was a situation where I thought it was the right thing to do," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "Kyle probably needed a change of scenery and we needed a roster spot because Torii was going to be activated today. ... It just made a lot of sense."
n ROYALS: Kansas City placed right-hander Brandon Duckworth and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
The Royals activated outfielder Reggie Sanders from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Joel Peralta. Duckworth left in the fifth inning on Sunday at Texas with a strained elbow. He was 1-5 with a 6.11 ERA in 10 appearances, including eight starts.
Mientkiewicz left last Tuesday's game against Baltimore when he aggravated a sciatic nerve condition in his lower back. He was hitting .283 with four home runs and 43 RBIs in 91 games. His placement on the disabled list was retroactive to July 26.
Sanders, who was on the disabled list with a right groin pull and had missed 15 games, hit .244 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 68 games.
Peralta was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. He was 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 38 relief appearances in two previous stints with Kansas City.

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