The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Trot Nixon on Tuesday and optioned left-hander Lenny Dinardo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Nixon had been on the disabled list since July 27 with a left oblique strain and missed 22 games. He was scheduled to start in right field Tuesday night against Kansas City.

Dinardo was recalled Saturday from Pawtucket, where he had gone 6-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 21 starts. This was his fourth stint with the Red Sox this season. Manager Terry Francona said he would start Thursday for the PawSox.

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