Saturday April 28, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox activated left-handed reliever Rich Hill from the disabled list and optioned reliever Justin Thomas to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Hill, who had Tommy John surgery on June 9, 2011, allowed two runs in nine innings in a combined eight rehab appearances for Single-A Greenville, Single-A Salem and Triple-A Pawtucket.

His last appearance came in Boston's 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on June 1, 2011. He walked off the mound holding his left elbow after trying to throw a curveball on a 3-2 pitch to Adam Dunn. He had surgery on June 9.

Hill did not allow a run in nine appearances for the Red Sox last season.

Thomas allowed four runs in 42 3 innings over seven appearances.