Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

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Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list.
After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts before the injury to make his first All-Star team.
Lowrie hasn’t played for the Red Sox yet this season and hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2008, yet manager Terry Francona has him in the starting lineup tonight against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Lowrie will start at shortstop, giving Marco Scutaro his first break since June 15.
Lowrie went 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in 10 rehab games split between Single-A and Triple-A, likely speeding up his initial return timetable by hitting so well. He’s highly unlikely to supplant Scutaro as the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop, but even claiming a utility man role would be a victory for Lowrie after two injury wrecked years.

Tanner Scheppers leaves Cactus League game with lower core injury

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Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he exited the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Scheppers, 30, has a long history of elbow and knee injuries. He missed all but 8 2/3 innings of the 2016 season after undergoing a procedure to repair torn articular cartilage in his left knee. While he appeared healthy enough through his first seven appearances this spring, he failed to impress with three runs, five walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings with the club.

Should Scheppers find himself on the disabled list for another lengthy stay, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan speculates that his absence could clear some room in the bullpen for Rule 5 draft pick and fellow righty Mike Hauschild. Hauschild, 27, has dealt seven runs, five walks and 15 strikeouts through 17 1/3 innings in camp.

Report: Jose Ramirez close to four-year extension with Indians

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Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that third baseman Jose Ramirez is finalizing a four-year extension with the Indians. The deal is said to be worth north of $30 million, and may crest $50 million if all options are exercised. While the extension won’t take effect until the 2018 season, it guarantees Ramirez a $26 million sum with two options worth $11 and $13 million and will give the Indians control of the infielder through the 2023 season.

Ramirez, 24, is entering his fifth season in the Indians’ organization. He posted career-high numbers during his first full season in the majors, slashing .312/.363/.461 with 11 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 4.8 fWAR in 2016. He’s projected to have a strong follow-up season at the plate and will likely see some time at second base as Jason Kipnis works his way back from a shoulder injury.

Although 2016 only showcased the beginning of Ramirez’s success with the club, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman says it’s a standard move for Cleveland to “sign their stars early,” and indicates that Ramirez was rumored to want the deal. Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors adds that the extension will keep Ramirez under club control through three arbitration-eligible years and one year of potential free agency.