Rangers’ Luke Farrell returns from jaw fracture

Texas reliever Luke Farrell, sidelined since being hit in the face by line drive during a Cactus League game against the Giants on March 2, was activated from the 60-day injured list on Friday.

Farrell, 28, has spent the season rehabbing since suffering a non-displaced jaw fracture and concussion when he was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Giants minor-leaguer Jalen Miller in a game in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“It’s been a long road to get back here and bounce back from the injury and everything,” Farrell said. “I feel great and happy to join the team.”

Farrell, the son of former Boston manager John Farrell, said he was unable to return to baseball activities for weeks after the incident.

“It was, honestly, a migraine for two months,” the right-hander said. “Really unable to handle light, noise, direct conversation, just really taxing. I can think of times I was trying maybe to tip at a restaurant or something and the brain just doesn’t work, doesn’t fire.”

Farrell, who began a rehab assignment July 23, was acquired on waivers from the Angels in January. He is 3-4 with a 5.17 in parts of two major-league seasons.

Progress report: Washington right-hander Max Scherzer reported no setbacks a day after he pitched four innings in a 7-1 victory at Pittsburgh in his return from the injured list.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been hampered by a strain in his upper back.

“I’m not out of the woods,” Scherzer said. “I’ve got to still take care of this, got to do all the treatment, got to do all the strengthening and really focus on that so I can build up the intensity in the game.”

Injury report: The Angels activated shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the IL. … Baltimore put right-hander Shawn Armstrong on the IL with a forearm strain.

Briefly: Philadelphia placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the paternity list and recalled third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … The Yankees claimed former A’s and Giants reliever Cory Gearrin on waivers from Seattle. … Baltimore fired 11 members of its front office, including director of baseball operations Tripp Norton.

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