Lowe, Bogaerts, Berrios replace injured All-Stars
The Associated Press
Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella has been replaced on the American League All-Star team, a day after fouling a 97 mph fastball off his right shin and leaving a game against the Texas Rangers.
A first-time All-Star named as a reserve, La Stella was supposed to be replaced by Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe for next week’s game in Cleveland.
But Lowe’s status also is questionable because of a right leg injury. Lowe also fouled a ball off his leg and left a game Tuesday night.
Major League Baseball also announced Wednesday that Jose Berrios will fill in for fellow Minnesota right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who left Tuesday’s game in Oakland with a blister on right middle finger and was headed for the injured list.
Hunter Pence, the Rangers outfielder selected by fans to be the starting designated hitter, was replaced on the AL team by Xander Bogaerts of Boston.
Pence has been out since June 16 with a right groin strain and was pulled off his rehab assignment Tuesday after re-aggravating the injury during a minor league game.
Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to become the youngest participant in Home Run Derby history when he swings for the $1 million prize.
Major League Baseball confirmed Sunday that Guerrero will participate, joining a group that includes Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr., the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell and Cleveland’s Carlos Santana.
Guerrero, son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, will be 20 years, 114 days old for the derby, 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. for the 1990 showcase. The younger Guerrero was there when his father won the event in San Francisco in 2007.
Bryce Harper is the only other 20-year-old to participate in the derby.