FT. MYERS FL - FEBRUARY 20: Che-Hsuan Lin #85 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Boston Red Sox Photo Day on February 20 2011 at the Boston Red Sox Player Development Complex in Ft. Myers Florida (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
According to Alex Speier of WEEI, the Boston Red Sox are likely to recal center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin for tomorrow's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Lin would replace Jacoby Ellsbury, who was injured in a base running collision this afternoon.
Lin is not a strong hitter, hitting just .230 in his 91 career at bats with the Pawtucket Red Sox, but is a terrific fielder and has great speed, making him a good late inning base running option. Lin was pulled from the PawSox lineup two minutes before their game against the Rochester Red Wings tonight.
The starting outfield is likely to remain Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald until Carl Crawford returns, who suffered a set back with an elbow injury now. But if Ellsbury is out long term, we could see Lin replace the role of Ellsbury a top the lineup as the starting center fielder.