Red Sox activate Pedroia; option Gomez to Triple-A Pawtucket

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today activated second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the 15-day disabled list and announced first baseman Mauro Gomez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night's game against the White Sox.  Pedroia is slated to start at second base tonight against Chicago at Fenway Park.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.  

Pedroia has been on the disabled list since July 6 (retroactive to July 4) with a right thumb sprain.  The 28-year-old has played in 74 games with the Red Sox this year and hit .266 (81-for-305) with 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 33 RBI, 41 runs, 26 walks and six stolen bases.  He batted at a .302 clip (13-for-43) with seven RBI over his last 11 games before the DL stint, hitting safely in eight of those contests.  Selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Pedroia is a three-time American League All-Star, the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and 2008 AL MVP, and has hit .301 (943-for-3,130) with 225 doubles, 10 triples, 81 home runs, 377 RBI, 520 runs, 327 walks and 88 stolen bases in 789 career Major League games.  

The 27-year-old Gomez was recalled yesterday for his third stint with the Red Sox this season and went 1-for-4 with a start at designated hitter last night.  Overall he has hit .300 (9-for-30) with three doubles, three RBI, two runs and a walk in nine games with Boston, his first career Major League experience.  Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in February, Gomez has tallied an International League-best 49 extra-base hits in his 73 games with the PawSox in 2012 and also ranks among IL leaders in average (3rd, .317, 90-for-284), doubles (2nd, 28), home runs (T-4th, 20), RBI (T-6th, 57), slugging (2nd, .634) and total bases (4th, 180).