Barnes (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of Friday's game against Baltimore.

Barnes was thought to be in line to return for Wednesday's series finale against the Mariners, but instead the right-hander got another rehab outing in with Double-A Portland. Barnes could have a chance to slot back in as Boston's closer should he pitch well during his first few outings back, but he seems unlikely to reclaim the ninth inning right away, especially considering that he allowed a pair of runs in his final rehab appearance.

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