BOSTON -- Che-Hsuan Lin, 23 and in his sixth season in the Red Sox’s organization, received his first taste of big-league life Saturday.
The outfielder was called up from Pawtucket to fill the roster spot of Jacoby Ellsbury, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a subluxed right shoulder. Lin was scratched from the PawSox’ lineup minutes before the team’s game in Rochester on Friday night, and made the flight from Buffalo to Boston on Saturday morning.
“It’s hard to describe how I feel,” Lin, a native of Taiwan, said through an interpreter in the Boston clubhouse. “I feel a chance to play in the big leagues, it’s a dream since I was young. I don’t want to look too far ahead. Just enjoy (the day).”
Lin’s stay in Boston could be short-lived, manager Bobby Valentine suggested.
“It’s safe to say Lin is not the roster solution if Jacoby is out for a long time, but stranger things have happened,” Valentine said.
Valentine was rather cryptic through his media briefing Saturday.
There had been talk that the Red Sox would trim their pitching staff from 13 to 12, given that Josh Beckett showed the team his thumb won’t be a problem. But Ellsbury’s injury seemingly threw a wrench into those plans.
Valentine alluded to a minor-league injury situation that was affecting major-league moves, but it appeared likely the Sox would be make another roster move Sunday, possibly trimming the pitching staff and adding a position player, maybe outfielder Jason Repko from Pawtucket.