May 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM
|Che-Hsuan Lin (Kelly O'Connor)|
The Red Sox have called up outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin while optioning first baseman Mauro Gomez to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room. Boston has been dealing with multiple outfield injuries with Cody Ross suffering from a left foot contusion and Ryan Sweeney dealing with whiplash after making a diving catch in center Saturday night.
Lin is best known for his defensive abilities in center field, possessing excellent instincts and range to go along with an extremely strong, accurate arm. At the plate, his discipline has always been his best attribute, to the point where the Red Sox have recently been urging him to be a little more aggressive and attack pitches in the zone more confidently. With the Pawtucket Red Sox this season, the 23-year-old was batting .256/.356/.360 with 2 home runs and 5 stolen bases. His power and ability to square up hittable pitches are the biggest weaknesses in his game currently.
Gomez made his major league debut during this stint with the Red Sox after spending 10 seasons in the minors. The 27-year-old went 0 for 2 in two pinch-hitting appearances. At Triple-A this season he was hitting .294/.336/.610, and still sits at fourth in the International League with 10 home runs.