The Boston Red Sox today added first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce to the active 25-man roster. To make room, the club optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox' 40-man roster is now at 40.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
Pearce, who will wear number 25, was acquired yesterday along with cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal. The 35-year-old has hit .291 (23-for-79) with six doubles, four home runs, and 16 RBI in 26 games for Toronto this year. A right-handed batter, he has posted an .868 OPS this season, and is slugging .519 with 10 of his 23 hits going for extra bases. Against left-handed pitching in 2018, Pearce has hit .306 (15-for-49), and for his career he has posted a .494 slugging percentage and an .840 OPS against lefties. Defensively, Pearce has primarily appeared in the outfield for his major league career (304 games), including 11 games this season for the Blue Jays. He has also appeared in 225 games for his career at first base, including three games/starts this season.
Lin, 24, has gone 6-for-37 (.162) with two doubles in 16 games over two stints with Boston this season. He was batting .188 for the PawSox through May 22, but he has since raised his batting average to .299 by going 40-for-116 (.345) with 10 doubles and three home runs in his last 28 minor league games, hitting safely in 25 of those, including in 16 consecutive games from May 27-June 14. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 21 prospect in the Red Sox organization, Lin has spent his entire professional career in the Boston system since signing as an international free agent in June 2012. In 41 major league games since his 2017 debut, the infielder has hit .226 (21-for-93) while making 14 starts at shortstop, six at third base, and five at second base.
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