Red Sox activate John Lackey for Sunday start vs. A’s

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As expected, the Red Sox have activated right-hander John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list and will ask him to take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s. Temporary backup outfielder Josh Reddick was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot.

Lackey spent about three weeks on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right elbow. He made just one rehab start, Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, and threw only 63 pitches in that outing. The Red Sox, therefore, will limit him to 90 tosses in his return to a major league mound Sunday.

Lackey, 32, has posted a dreadful 8.01 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in seven starts this season. He’s fanned just 19 batters and issued 18 walks in 39 1/3 innings. The Red Sox need far better from the man they handed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in December of 2009.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.