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07/18/2006 3:55 PM ET
Red Sox activate outfielder Wily Mo Pena, recall righthander Jermaine Van Buren from Triple-A
Lefthander Javier Lopez optioned to Triple-A, infielder Willie Harris designated for assignment
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today activated outfielder Wily Mo Pena from the 15-day disabled list and recalled righthander Jermaine Van Buren from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lefthander Javier Lopez was optioned to Triple-A after last night's game and infielder Willie Harris was designated for assignment today. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Both Pena and Van Buren are available for tonight's game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Pena was placed on the disabled list May 28 (retroactive to May 27) and underwent surgery on his left wrist on June 1. The right-handed hitter and thrower is batting .321 (36-for-112) with four homers and 18 RBI in 35 games for the Red Sox this season. In a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, the 24-year-old batted .244 (10-for-41) with two homers and seven RBI in 12 games.

Van Buren begins his fourth stint with the Red Sox this season. The righthander is 1-0 with an 8.71 ERA (10 ER/10.1 IP) in seven relief appearances for the Red Sox. With Pawtucket this season, the 26-year-old is 2-0 with 12 saves and a 1.48 ERA (5 ER/30.1 IP). He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances covering nine innings and has recorded a save in each of his last three appearances.

Lopez, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for righthander David Riske on June 15, has no record and a 4.32 ERA (4 ER/8.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances for the Red Sox. He joins Pawtucket for the first time this season.

Harris batted .156 (7-for-45) with two doubles, seven RBI and 17 runs scored in 34 games with the Red Sox this season.

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