The Tampa Bay Rays have activated All-Star reliever Brad Boxberger for the first time this season, the team announced Sunday.
Pitcher Ryan Webb has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral to make room for Boxberger on the 25-man roster.
Boxberger has been out since spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn adductor brevis, which is a muscle in the thigh.
The 28-year-old has made six rehab starts at the Double A level, pitching 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two runs allowed.
“Everything feels 100 percent,” Boxberger said, according to MLB.com. “I feel like I’m where I need [to be] in order to get big league guys out.”
Boxberger earned his first trip to the All-Star game in 2015, finishing the season with 41 saves.
He is expected to regain the closer role, which is currently held by Alex Colome.