Boston Red Sox: Che-Hsuan Lin

Nava to DL; Iglesias, Lin, Tazawa recalled

August, 25, 2012
BOSTON -- The Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list and recalled a trio of players from Pawtucket to fill the vacated roster spots created by the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin and pitcher Junichi Tazawa are back up with the big club. Lefty Felix Doubront has also been activated from the DL and will start Sunday against Kansas City.

The influx of players account for the departures of Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, all sent to Los Angeles in the trade that also featured the injured Carl Crawford. Iglesias, still considered the shortstop of the future, is the most notable arrival, but he comes on more of an emergency basis this time.

"He's here kind of because we needed an extra infielder for tonight, and I don't have that [long-term] plan," manager Bobby Valentine said when asked how he plans to utilize Iglesias.

The slick-fielding shortstop was hitting .266 with a home run, 23 RBIs and 12 stolen bases with the PawSox. Lin, who was with Boston for a brief stint earlier in the year, was batting .247 with a pair of homers and 14 steals.

Tazawa, who was optioned to Pawtucket prior to Friday night's game, is in his third stint with the Red Sox this season. He has a 1.37 ERA and one save in 20 appearances with Boston.

Nava is headed to the DL with a left wrist sprain for the second time. He had been activated from the disabled list just six days earlier, appearing in only two games.
Doubront had been on the disabled list since Aug. 10. He is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA this season, but 0-2 with a 6.53 ERA in his last four starts.

Sweeney, Ross hoping to play Monday

May, 20, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- It was not the plan, Bobby Valentine said Sunday, to utilize Adrian Gonzalez in right field and David Ortiz at first base again in the series finale against the Phillies, even though it worked well the night before, with Gonzalez making two good catches and Ortiz hitting a home run.

The Red Sox manager acknowledged that he’s ill at ease about the consequences of both playing out of their normal milieu.

“I’m not comfortable with it,’’ Valentine said. “I’m comfortable in their ability, just the idea of the lack of familiarity. I don’t want that one thing, that one out-of-the-box thing, to happen.’’

But with outfielder Ryan Sweeney feeling the after-effects of his diving catch Saturday -- he was tested for a concussion after the game -- and Cody Ross still needing time for his sore left foot to heal, Valentine’s options were limited.

Sweeney and Ross both said after Sunday's game they hoped to play Monday in Baltimore.

“It wasn’t necessarily the plan going in,’’ he said. “I guess I could have played [Nick] Punto at short and Mike [Aviles] in the outfield.’’

Responding to a question, Valentine said he appreciated Gonzalez’s willingness to play the outfield.

“I appreciate it a thousand percent,’’ he said. “David putting a glove on, too, to play first base. Neither of them signed up for that, obviously, and I appreciate it.

“Adrian is always in the game. He’s thinking of anything and everything he can do, we can do, to be as good as we could be. His attitude is really appreciated. Not very many guys willing or able to [play out of position]. He seems to be both.’’

The Sox made a roster move Sunday to give them some added help in the outfield, recalling Che-Hsuan Lin from Pawtucket and optioning first baseman Mauro Gomez back to the PawSox.

Sweeney had some difficulty Saturday night with some of the concussion tests, Valentine said, but the outfielder said he was better Sunday.

"I'm all right. Mild concussion. I'm going to try to play tomorrow,'' Sweeney said.

On trying to pass the concussion test, Sweeney said, "It's tough. I did better today on it though.''

“He said he couldn’t pass [it] before he dove for the ball,’’ Valentine said. “I guess they ask you to do things, recite the months of the year backward. That’s a tough one, things like that. He didn’t do that well last night.

“He said he felt much better today. He’s in the training room for a whiplash situation in his neck, which I don’t think would prevent him from playing some. I’m cautious with the concussion situation.’’

The Red Sox already have five outfielders on the disabled list, but Valentine said he does not expect that Ross will be added to the list. Ross fouled a ball off the top of his left foot Friday night and has not been in the lineup since, but Valentine said he believed the outfielder was "a day, maybe two” away from returning.

Outfielder Lin gets call from Pawtucket

April, 14, 2012
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.