Red Sox activate OF Ryan Sweeney from DL; option OF Ryan Kalish to Triple-A

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the second game of today’s doubleheader.  Sweeney is slated to start tonight’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, playing center field.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington. 

Sweeney, 27, was placed on the disabled list on June 17 due to left big toe inflammation.  He was 1-for-7 in two rehab games with Double-A Portland, starting at designated hitter on Thursday and in right field yesterday, both at Toronto’s New Hampshire affiliate.  The left-handed batter has hit .292 (50-for-171) with 17 doubles, a triple, 13 RBI, 19 runs and nine walks in 52 games with the Red Sox this season, making 29 starts in right field (42 games) and 12 in center (15 games).  Acquired by Boston from Oakland in December, Sweeney has compiled a .284 average (478-for-1,686) with 100 doubles, 11 triples, 14 home runs, 182 RBI, 221 runs and 148 walks over 524 career Major League games with the White Sox (2006-07), Athletics (2008-11) and Red Sox (2012).  

The 24-year-old Kalish hit .217 (13-for-60) with two doubles, five RBI, seven runs scored, two walks and a stolen base in 18 games with the Red Sox since a June 17 recall to Boston.  All 18 appearances came in center field, including 15 starts.  Kalish began the season on the 60-day disabled list recovering from left shoulder surgery and was activated and optioned to Pawtucket on June 9.  The left-handed batter has hit .345 (20-for-58) with three doubles, five home runs, 11 RBI, 14 runs, 11 walks and four stolen bases in 15 minor league contests this year between High-A Salem, Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, including nine rehab games.  Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, he has played in 71 Major League games in his career, all with the Red Sox in 2010 and 2012, over which he is 54-for-223 (.242) with 13 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 29 RBI, 33 runs, 14 walks and 11 stolen bases.