Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that Joakim Soria (oblique) is "very close" to returning.
Soria has apparently made rapid progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain, as it's normally an injury that takes much longer than a minimum stay on the disabled list. "He can be activated on Monday," Dombrowski said. "I'm not sure he'll be activated right then, but he's very close."
David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.
Ortiz left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to some general soreness, but he's evidently feeling better. Big Papi is batting .263/.355/.523 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.