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Lin Che-hsuan added to Red Sox's major league roster

2012/04/14 16:47:45

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Lin Che-hsuan, a Taiwanese outfielder in the Boston Red Sox organization, has finally made it to the major leagues after toiling for five years at the minor league level, his agent confirmed Saturday.

The 23-year-old was added to the active roster by the Red Sox to give the club an extra outfielder following the injury to starter Jacoby Ellsbury in the club's Friday afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lin's agent, Chen Teh-lun, described the player as being excited about being called up and said Lin told him that he would seize his opportunities on the field and hoped to stay on the active roster for the entire season.

"He (Lin) is excited and nervous," Chen said.

Lin is scheduled to fly to Boston Saturday morning U.S. time to join the team for the remaining games of its series against the Rays, according to the agent.

Lin started 2011 at Double-A Portland before being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He hit a combined .235 with 11 doubles, two homers, 25 RBIs and 16 stolen bases for Pawtucket in 85 games last year, but had gotten off to a slow start this year for the Triple-A team, hitting a mere .150.

Never a dominating hitter -- his .275 average at the Double-A level in 2010 his best in the minors -- Lin is best known for his defense and speed and could help the Red Sox in the field and as a pinch-runner late in games.

Lin is the eighth Taiwanese national to play Major League Baseball, following Chen Chin-feng in 2002, Tsao Chin-hui in 2003, Chien-Ming Wang and Kuo Hong-chi in 2005, Hu Chin-lung in 2007, Ni Fu-te in 2009 and Chen Wei-yin this year.

He is also the third Taiwanese non-pitcher to make an active roster with a major league club.

(By Kuo Yi-chieh and Elizabeth Hsu)