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Astros claim Che-Hsuan Lin off waivers from Boston

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have claimed outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin off waivers from Boston, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. To make room for Lin on the 40-man roster, the club designated right-handed pitcher Enerio Del Rosario for assignment.

Lin, 24, spent most of his 2012 season at Triple A Pawtucket, where he hit .247 (98x396) with 11 doubles, 30 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a .323 on-base percentage. The right-handed hitting outfielder had four stints on the Red Sox active roster this season, hitting .250 (3x12) in nine games, which marks his only Major League experience.

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Known for his defensive capabilities, Lin was tabbed three times each by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder (2009-11) and as having the best outfield arm (2008, 2011-12) in the Red Sox system. He was originally signed by Boston as an international free agent out of Hwa-Lian, Taiwan, in 2007.

Del Rosario, 27, made 19 relief appearances for Houston this season, posting no record and a 9.00 ERA (19ER/19IP). He spent the majority of his campaign at Triple A Oklahoma City, where he went 4-1 with a 5.01 ERA (23ER/41.1IP) in 36 relief appearances. He was originally acquired by Houston from Cincinnati in exchange for cash considerations on Sept. 16, 2010.

With the moves, the Astros 40-man roster remains full at 40.


 

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