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Ross returns from DL as Red Sox make host of moves

Ross returns from DL as Red Sox make host of moves

BOSTON -- The Red Sox got a comforting presence back in their lineup on Wednesday as catcher David Ross was activated from the disabled list.

Ross had been dealing with right plantar fasciitis, a condition that ruptured against the Yankees the night of Aug. 1.

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"Well, we had mapped it out all along as David was going through his rehab and getting back to us, he would get right back in the mix when he was activated," said Farrell. "The number of games to be played per week will be dependent upon how he comes out of tonight. And likely he'll get Saturday as well, just to see how the foot responds. He's gone through all the necessary steps to get back in the game tonight."

While the Red Sox got Ross back, they were without third baseman Will Middlebrooks and first baseman Mike Napoli.

Middlebrooks strained his right hamstring, forcing him out of action in the middle of Tuesday's game. He is day to day, as the injury is not believed to be serious.

Meanwhile, Napoli was out due to back spasms. Brock Holt played third base and Kelly Johnson got the start at first.

Due to the shortage of position players, right-hander Steven Wright was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket, and outfielder Alex Hassan was recalled from Pawtucket. Catcher Dan Butler was also optioned to Triple-A to make room for Ross.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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