Taiwan's Lin Tzu-wei optioned to minor leagues

2017/07/17 16:36:42
Taiwan's Lin Tzu-wei optioned to minor leagues

Boston, July 16 (CNA) Taiwanese baseball player Lin Tzu-wei (林子偉) has confirmed that the Boston Red Sox have sent him down to Triple-A Pawtucket after the team split a day-night doubleheader with the New York Yankees on Sunday.

Thanking fans for their support, Lin said he had no regrets at the end of his 23-day stint in the major leagues.

"I don't feel disappointed, and I'm thankful for God's plan," he said in a brief chat with reporters after the Red Sox topped the Yankees 3-0 in the second game of the doubleheader Sunday night.

"I'm happy that the team thinks enough of me that when a player in the big leagues was hurt, the coach called me up directly from Double-A," he said. "I feel quite happy. There's nothing to regret."

Asked about his first stint in the major leagues, the utility infielder said he learned a lot about teamwork and realized that the keys to facing major league pitching were confidence and tenacity.

The 23-year-old was called up from Double-A Portland on June 24 and made a good impression in his first go at the big leagues. He hit a respectable .280 for Boston in 19 games and had a .379 on-base percentage while providing a steady glove at third base.

He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket because of the return of lefty-hitting infielder Brock Holt, who had been on the disabled list with vertigo symptoms since late April.

Lin, who became the first Taiwanese to ever get three hits in a major league game on July 2 against Toronto, will report to Pawtucket on Monday.

(By Timothy Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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