Eight more All-Stars bow out of game
Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Tampa Bay pitcher David Price became the latest stars to withdraw, and six starting pitchers were declared ineligible because they played Sunday. Sixteen All-Stars won’t appear in the game, including 13 of the 68 originally chosen.
The Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver will pitch. He said he’s been told he’ll start for the AL.
“It’s very exciting,” Weaver said. “Never in my life would I think that I’d even be in an All-Star game, let alone starting.”
Polanco missed the Phillies’ final six games heading into the All-Star break because of a bad back. Major League Baseball cited turf toe as the reason for Price’s withdrawal.
The missing include the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera. Rodriguez will have right knee surgery Monday and be sidelined four to six weeks.
The Yankees’ CC Sabathia, the Rays’ James Shields, the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels and the San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain all were knocked out because of their starts. Sabathia had been bypassed when rosters were announced a week ago, but replaced Shields when the Tampa Bay pitcher appeared Sunday.
Added as All-Stars Sunday were the Yankees’ David Robertson, the Texas Rangers’ Alexi Ogando, the Seattle Mariners’ Michael Pineda, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero, the Arizona Diamonbacks’ Miguel Montero, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Kevin Correia and the Atlanta Braves’ Craig Kimbrel.
Boston’s Jon Lester had been in line to replace Hernandez and became an All-Star on Sunday, but he will miss the game because of a strained back muscle that landed him on the disabled list.
Montero will get to appear before his hometown fans at Chase Field.
“I felt like when I got called up (from the minors),” he said. “I wanted to cry, I was so excited. It’s a great moment. It’s going to pretty special, especially because it’s going to be at home.”
Cincinnati’s Scott Rolen will start at third for the NL in place of Polanco. Rolen was added to the roster Saturday when Atlanta’s Chipper Jones withdrew.
San Francisco infielder Pablo Sandoval replaced the Mets’ Jose Reyes, on the DL with a hamstring injury.
Robertson will be joined on the AL by Yankees teammates Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin.