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Red Sox assign Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket; Zack Godley one of three pitchers cut loose

2020 was Tzu-Wei Lin's fourth year with the Red Sox.
2020 was Tzu-Wei Lin's fourth year with the Red Sox.Adam Glanzman/Getty

The Red Sox outrighted utility player Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket as part of a series of roster moves Monday.

Lin, who made his debut with the Sox in 2017, received opportunities in 2020, playing in 26 of the Red Sox' 60 games. Nevertheless, that didn’t turn into production as Lin hit just .154 in 57 plate appearances while seeing time at seven positions in the field.

Righthander Robinson Leyer was also outrighted to Pawtucket, while lefthander Mike Kickham, and righthanders Zack Godley and Andrew Triggs were all outrighted from the major league roster and all chose to become free agents.

Leyer, who made his MLB debut Aug. 30, pitched in six games. He had a 21.21 ERA in 4⅔ innings of work.


Godley was released by the Detroit Tigers in July but was picked up by the Sox that same month and sent to their alternate training site. Godley was recalled July 26 and would go on to make seven starts (eight appearances) posting an 0-4 record. In 28⅔, he allowed 42 hits and had an 8.16 ERA.

Kickham, who last pitched in the majors in 2014 before appearing in six games for Boston this season, was 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA.

Triggs, an August waiver pickup, pitched in four games, including two starts, and went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

None of these moves come as a surprise. The Sox had to patch together their rotation as a result of a deficit in starters, namely the sidelined Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @byJulianMack.