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July 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Red Sox activate Lowrie and Buchholz, option Richardson and designate Shealy

The Red Sox have activated pitcher Clay Buchholz from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Jed Lowrie from the 60-day disabled list. Reliever Dustin Richardson was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket and first baseman Ryan Shealy was designated for assignment.

Buchholz, 25, returns to the mound this afternoon to face the Oakland Athletics. He has gone 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts this season as well as being selected to the American League All-Star team.

Lowrie, 26, returns to the majors after a lengthy battle with wrist injuries and mononucleosis. In 113 games with Boston, Lowrie has hit .235/.313/.372 with 4 home runs and 57 RBI. The 2005 first round selection will start at shortstop in this afternoon's game against the Athletics and should see plenty of playing time with Dustin Pedroia out and Marco Scutaro battling through some minor ailments. During his ten game rehab stint with Short-Season-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket, he batted .367/.447/.600 with a home run and 9 RBI in 30 at-bats.

Richardson, 26, appeared in 13 games with Boston, posting a 2.57 ERA in 7.0 innings pitched. The left-hander returns to Triple-A Pawtucket where he has compiled a 2.78 ERA in 22 games of relief this season.

Shealy, 30, was signed last month after exercising an out-clause in his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The first baseman appeared in five games for Boston and did not record a hit in 7 at-bats. During his time with Triple-A Pawtucket, Shealy hit .246/.378/.426 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 61 at-bats.