8/1/2010 9:29pm JST
Lin's new contract: 4.4M yen plus a 10M yen signing bonus. His new uniform number is 96 (from 106).
7/31/2010 11:48pm JST
The Giants went ahead and added Lin to the regular roster. They have now maxed out their 70-man roster, of which 7 are foreign players.
The Giants appear to be considering whether they should upgrade Ikusei pitcher Yi-Hao Lin before the roster add-on deadline (which happens to be later today). Lin started a Ni-gun game earlier today and tossed 3 shutout innings while giving up 3 hits, a walk, and striking out 2 on 41 pitches. He also managed to top out at 150km/h in the first inning and kept his fastball in the 140km/h range in subsequent innings.
Two things may keep the Giants from making the upgrade: first, all three hits Lin surrendered were to left-handed batters; and second, with runners on base, Lin got a little wild and threw more balls.