The Boston Red Sox today added first baseman James Loney to the active roster, optioned outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato from Pawtucket. Loney and Beato will be active for today’s game against the Royals at Fenway Park, wearing numbers 22 and 54 respectively.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
The 28-year-old Loney was acquired in a nine-player trade with the Dodgers yesterday. A lifetime .284 hitter (872-for-3,070), he has hit .254 (85-for-334) with 18 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI, 32 runs and 23 walks in 114 games with Los Angeles this year. The left-handed batter has hit .301 (22-for-73) in 20 starts since the All-Star break and has hit .333 (7-for-21) with two home runs in his last six starts. Defensively, he ranked third among qualifying National League first basemen with a .883 zone rating in 2012 at the time of the trade, while his .995 fielding percentage (22 E/4,701 TC) since 2009 places third best in the National League. A first-round selection (19th overall) by the Dodgers in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he has compiled 173 doubles, 20 triples, 71 home runs, 451 RBI, 355 runs scored, 268 walks and 29 stolen bases in 896 career Major League games over seven seasons with Los Angeles.
Lin, 23, was recalled yesterday for his third stint with the Red Sox this season, his first Major League action. He has gone 1-for-6 (.167) with a run scored in seven games with Boston, including six appearances in right field and one in center field. This year, Lin became the first Taiwanese-born player to appear in a game for the Red Sox and the eighth Major Leaguer from Taiwan overall in Big League history. He is 92-for-373 (.247) with 11 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 30 RBI, 42 runs, 41 walks and 14 stolen bases in 107 games with the PawSox this year. In 621 minor league games in the Boston system since signing as an international free agent on June 8, 2007, the right-handed batter has compiled a .256 average (602-for-2,356) with 92 doubles, 25 triples, 22 homers, 216 RBI, 377 runs, 302 walks and 144 stolen bases.
Beato was acquired by the Red Sox from the Mets on August 16, completing the trade for catcher Kelly Shoppach. The right-hander has appeared in two games in relief for the PawSox since the acquisition, tossing 3.0 scoreless frames with six strikeouts. He appeared in seven games for the Mets this season, all during the month of July, including five scoreless efforts. Beato also went 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA (17 ER/37.0 IP) and 27 strikeouts compared to 11 walks in 24 games (1 start) for Triple-A Buffalo. He began his Major League career tossing a Mets franchise-record 18.2 innings without an earned run in 2011. Originally selected by the Orioles in the supplemental round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, he has a 2-1 record with a 4.67 ERA (37 ER/71.1 IP) and 44 strikeouts in his Major League career over the last two seasons, all with New York.