April 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM
|Che-Hsuan Lin (Kelly O'Connor)|
Due to an injury to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in yesterday's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox have recalled outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lin's agent confirmed the news to Focus Taiwan, as discovered by WEEI.com's Alex Speier. It is Lin's first major league call-up.
Lin, 23, was originally signed by Boston as an international free agent in June of 2007. Known for his speed and exceptional defensive play, Lin split the 2011 season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .245/.340/.305 with 2 home runs, 36 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Through six games this season with Pawtucket, Lin has collected 3 hits in 20 at-bats with 1 home run and 1 RBI. Lin is already a member of the Red Sox 40-man roster, so a corresponding 25-man roster move will have to be made to make room for the outfielder.
Speculation of Lin's call-up first circulated when he was pulled from the Pawtucket lineup on Friday evening. According to Focus Taiwan, Lin is the eighth Taiwanese national to make the big leagues.