Eight more players bow out of All-Star game
Monday, July 11, 2011
PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball could field an All-Star team just from the players who will be missing from Tuesday’s game.
Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Tampa Bay pitcher David Price became the latest stars to withdraw, and six other starting pitchers were declared ineligible because they played Sunday.
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 Yankees’ CC Sabathia, the Rays’ James Shields, Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and San Francisco’s Matt Cain were knocked out because of 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.
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. The All-Star selection was validation for Sandoval, who lost nearly 40 pounds this offseason after he struggled with his weight and hitting in 2010.
Sixteen All-Stars won’t appear in the game, including 12 of the 68 originally chosen. 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.
Robertson will be joined on the AL by Yankees teammates Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin.
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