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09/07/08 2:57 PM ET

Hansack recalled to provide Sox relief

Right-hander bullpen-bound; Colon activated for rehab duty

ARLINGTON -- In a weekend full of roster moves, Sunday was no different for the Red Sox.

With the Boston bullpen having been taxed for 10 1/3 innings the last two nights, the Red Sox recalled right-hander Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday.

"We brought him in just to give our bullpen some depth in case somebody gets hit in the shin or something," manager Terry Francona said. "It'll give us some depth and he's pitching well. We'll get him while he's hot."

On Thursday, Hansack pitched six innings of no-hit ball against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but his pitch count kept him from going deeper into the game.

Also, Bartolo Colon's time on the 60-day disabled list was up, so he was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Pawtucket. He will start for Pawtucket on Sunday night in Game 4 of the club's first round International League playoff series at Scranton/Wilkes Barre. To make room for Colon on the 40-man roster, Marcus McBeth was designated for assignment.

The moves give the Red Sox 29 players on their active roster.

By Monday, the Red Sox could have a 30th player on the active roster in the form of J.D. Drew.

Drew, on the disabled list since Aug. 18 with a herniated disk in his lower back, became more optimistic as the weekend progressed that he would be able to play next week, perhaps as early as the Tampa Bay series. Francona was a little more cautious.

"Activated and playing? I don't know," Francona said. "If he's feeling that way, it's a good sign. I've been getting a consensus on what we should do with him. You can activate a guy any time you want. That doesn't mean he's playing."

And while the Red Sox will turn to Hansack as a temporary safety net for the bullpen, David Aardsma is getting closer to providing the club some long-term relief.

He's slated to pitch at least one inning for Class A Lowell Tuesday against Batavia. The Red Sox will determine the next step for Aardsma, who's been on the disable list since Aug. 23 with a strained right groin, after that outing.

Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.