Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodan and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado will not play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Eight-time All-Star Altuve, who was picked as a starter in fan voting, suffered a left knee injury that was ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. He was dropped from the lineup on Friday night.
MLB announced Saturday that Altuve is being replaced in the starting lineup by Cleveland’s Andres Jiménez, who is making his first appearance. Toronto’s Santiago Espinal will replace Altuve on the AL roster.
Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson is replacing Rodden on the NL roster, LA said in a news release. It was not immediately clear why Rodan was not playing in the All-Star Game. Anderson is 10-1 with 2.96 ERA in 17 games with 81 strikes.
Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley, who has 100 hits and .913 Ops this season, will replace Arenado on the NL team.
Seven-time All-Star Arenado said on Saturday that he has had lower back pain for three to four weeks, an MRI found nothing and he will take an All-Star break to rest.
“It’s been a problem lately, it didn’t make sense for me to do it,” said Arenado, who lives less than an hour from Los Angeles. “Maybe it made more sense for me to go home, relax, and just chill. Go home. Get treatment. Get some work out. I have some trainers. I’ve got a physical therapist back home, who knows.” ready for.”
Altuve said of his knee on Saturday that he “was waiting to see how it reacted today and I think we can all agree that we are making the best decision.” He also said that “I don’t think we’re going to leave.” When asked if he was going to go to L.A., he said, “We’re going to have some treats and get ready for the second half.”
Jimenez, 23, who came to Cleveland last year as part of a trade that sent shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets, is having an exceptional season. He is batting .299 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 78 matches while playing solid defense. He has also been clutch, batting .384 in the scoring position with runners.
AP Sports Writers Christie Ricken in Houston and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. Warren Mays in St. Louis also contributed to this report.
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