ARLINGTON -- Tzu-Wei Lin's Major League career has barely begun, but it's been tough not to notice what he's been able to accomplish in such a short period of time.Called up by the Red Sox on June 24, Lin entered Wednesday's game against the Rangers with a .360 batting average
ARLINGTON -- Tzu-Wei Lin's Major League career has barely begun, but it's been tough not to notice what he's been able to accomplish in such a short period of time.
Called up by the Red Sox on June 24, Lin entered Wednesday's game against the Rangers with a .360 batting average in 29 plate appearances with an on-base percentage of .429 and a slugging percentage of .520. He's been platooning with Deven Marrero at third base, starting against right-handers while Marrero matches up with lefties.
"It's been a great boost. Tzu-Wei has injected a lot, and he's stepped in and he's done a great job," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But I can tell you that the energy in the dugout and some of the comments, whether it's Linny, Linsanity, whatever it might be, there's a side thing that's going on here that we can't turn away from.
"We recognize it, we've had conversation about it as we start to see who's coming back for us on the rehab assignments. Sometimes you don't want to disrupt a good thing, and clearly, he and Deven and what they've done at third base has given us a lot of momentum in the bottom third [of the order]."
Farrell noted that around this time of year, it's not unusual for someone to be called up and perform well, injecting a shot of life into the clubhouse. But he admitted that with the way Lin has been producing, it'd be tough to willingly turn that away.
Lin recorded his second three-hit game in his last three games on Tuesday, driving in the first two runs of his career. Since his promotion, Boston has won eight of 11 games.
"When we get to this time of the year, we talked about it probably a week ago, you're going to see some big numbers on the scoreboard," Farrell said. "And it's teams are going into the break in one of two ways: It's that you're on an uptick or you're grinding to get through it. When you inject new blood, it's got a chance to do just what we're experiencing. No, we're not going to turn away from, or at least acknowledge, what has happened since Tzu-Wei's gotten here."
Lin has impressed Farrell in his short time with Boston, with Farrell noting Lin's "low-maintenance" and "compact swing," as well as the defensive ability he's shown in a quicker game environment than he's used to.
"He's a very good athlete, he's got a good throwing arm, I've seen it in many different ways," Farrell said. "And to me, what stands out is just his control of his emotions and control of his game when he's in the batter's box, particularly, and it's been great to see."
Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.