Following a gut wrenching injury to MVP runner up Jacoby Ellsbury in yesterday’s Red Sox home opener, it’s been confirmed that minor league outfielder Che Hsuan-Lin will be added to the major league roster as a backup outfielder.
Lin’s agent said that the Pawtucket outfielder is “excited and nervous” to finally make the jump to the big leagues after five years hanging around the Sox’ minor league system.
Lin has become best known for his cannon arm and speedy defense in the outfield with his best offensive season coming in 2010 with Double-A Portland when he hit .275 in 458 AB. He’s expected to fly to Boston this morning and join the team for its remaining games against the Tampa Bay Ray’s.
The injury to Jacoby Ellsbury comes with great concern to a Red Sox team that finally broke out for 12 runs in Friday’s game. With news of Carl Crawford‘s setback with a “minor elbow strain” the Red Sox could have problems in their outfield depending on the significance of Jacoby’s seperated shoulder.
The likely candidates to start in center are Cody Ross–who’s played more than half of his career in center–and fourth outfielder Darnell McDonald. Neither of whom should instill a great deal of confidence.
We should know more today about the seriousness of Ellsbury’s shoulder strain–let’s hope a trip to the 15 day DL will be sufficient time for our superstar outfielder. If its not, the Red Sox will have huge problems in an outfield that has no firepower without him.