BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox activated right-hander Ramiro Mendoza on Thursday from the 15-day disabled list, where he has been since the first week of the season.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

Mendoza pitched only once _ a scoreless inning _ before going on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis effective April 8 and missing 82 games. He made eight rehab appearances for Pawtucket and Class A Sarasota, going 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA.

Youkilis hit .287 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 38 games. He was the AL rookie of the month for May, when he homered in his major league debut and batted .318 with seven RBIs and a .446 on-base percentage.

Mendoza, 32, has brought the Red Sox little since they signed the former Yankees setup man to a two-year, $6.4 million contract when New York failed to offer him arbitration after the 2002 season.

In 2003, he was 3-5 with a 6.75 ERA, bouncing between the bullpen and the rotation and twice missing a month with right knee tendinitis.