Aceves activated; to start tonight

As expected, the Red Sox activated right-hander Alfredo Aceves on Wednesday and optioned right-hander Jose De La Torre to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Aceves is scheduled to start Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

It is Aceves' third stint with the Boston club in 2013. In seven appearances for the Red Sox this season, he is 2-1 with a 6.57 ERA, 15 walks and 19 strikeouts. He last pitched for Boston on May 27 against the Phillies, when he allowed one run over six innings.

On Tuesday, the Sox had placed pitcher Clayton Mortensen (hip/groin) on the 15-day disabled list and activated De La Torre with the plan of sending him back to Pawtucket on Wednesday to make room for Aceves. De La Torre, who gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Desmond Jennings, pitched the last 3 1/3 innings of Boston's 8-3 loss, allowing just one more hit the rest of the way.

The Red Sox had used eight pitchers in Monday night's 14-inning 10-8 win over the Rays, including Franklin Morales, who was supposed to start Wednesday's series finale.