Lin remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Lin has been up with the Red Sox since Opening Day, but he's picked up only 10 starts through Boston's first 50 games. Even with the 18-31 Red Sox well removed from playoff contention, don't expect Lin to see his playing-time situation improved over the final week and a half of the regular season.
Lin started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 13-6 loss to the Phillies. Jackie Bradley was scratched due to a sore right wrist, so Lin was deployed in center field for the first time in 2020. The utility infielder has played just eight career games in center, but the Red Sox didn't have many options as Andrew Benintendi (ribs) is on the injured list. Boston manager Ron Roenicke told Ian Browne of MLB.com that Bradley is feeling better, and the manager is hopeful he can return Wednesday against Philadelphia right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Lin started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees. Lin filled in for Jose Peraza, who was given the day off after starting the first eight games. This was Lin's second start of the season; he filled in for an injured Xander Bogaerts at shortstop last Wednesday. He'll continue in a utility infielder role going forward but may not survive when rosters are trimmed. The Red Sox, who are 3-6 and missing their top two starters for the season, may decide to use the abbreviated campaign to take a deeper look at their roster. That could lead the organization to look toward the future and carry Rule 5 pick and utility infielder Jonathan Arauz instead of Lin.
Lin played first base in Sunday's intrasquad game, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Lin handled himself well at first, making a couple of nice picks. The versatile Lin has lined up at second base, shortstop, third base and center field in his three seasons with the Red Sox, so they are confident in his ability to add a new position. He could be used as Brock Holt's replacement this season in the versatility role.
Lin (hamstring) is starting at second base and batting eighth in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game versus the Rays. The 26-year-old was shut down last week after exiting a game with left hamstring tightness, but his relatively quick return to game action indicates the injury was a minor concern. Lin seems likely to begin the 2020 season in the minors, but he figures to fill a utility role if and when he's called up.
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