Tanaka, Vazquez, Gray, Woodruff all added to All-Star Game rosters
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez, Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray and Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff have been added to the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
They replace Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, who has a strained pectoral muscle; Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke, who will be attending to a personal matter; Washington ace Max Scherzer, who pitched Saturday; and Brewers closer Josh Hader, who has back stiffness.
Tanaka was selected for the 2014 AL team but didn’t pitch because of a right elbow injury.
“It will be a great thing if I can actually pitch in the game,” Tanaka said through a translator. “When you look at your baseball career, it would be something that I can be proud of.”
A smiling Tanaka said he was surprised by the announcement.
“Everything happened so fast,” Tanaka said. “Obviously I’m very happy. This time around I get to actually go there and be part of the celebration.”
Tanaka is 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 18 starts.
Stroman, mentioned in trade speculation, was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a strained left pectoral muscle.
Vazquez, who entered Saturday with 19 saves, becomes an All-Star for the second straight season.
Gray was an AL All-Star in 2015 with Oakland. He’s 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA in a bounce-back season after a rocky 2018 with the Yankees.
Woodruff, a first-time All-Star, is 10-3 with a 3.91 ERA.
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber, Oakland right-hander Liam Hendriks, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy and Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios were added previously.
They replace Tampa Bay right-hander Charlie Morton and second baseman Brandon Lowe, Texas left-hander Mike Minor, Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella, Texas outfielder Hunter Pence, Minnesota right-hander Jake Odorizzi and Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Lowe was a replacement for La Stella.
Major League Baseball
2019 All-Star Rosters
Tuesday, July 9
At Progressive Field, Cleveland
p-voted by players; m-selected by MLB; i-injured will not participate; r-replacement
Manager — Dave Roberts, L.A. Dodgers
Catcher — Wilson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
First Baseman — Freddie Freeman, Atlanta
Second Baseman — Ketel Marte, Arizona
Shortstop — Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
Third Baseman — Nolan Arenado, Colorado
Outfield — Christian Yelich, Milwaukee
Outfield — Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers
Outfield — Ronald Acuqa Jr., Atlanta
m-Yasmani Grandahl, Milwaukee
p-J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia
m-Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets
p-Josh Bell, Pittsburgh
m-Kris Bryant, Chicago
m-Paul DeJong, St. Louis
p-Mike Moustakas, Milwaukee
r-Max Muncy, L.A. Dodgers
p-Anthony Rendon, Washington
p-Trevor Story, Colorado
p-Charlie Blackmon, Colorado
p-David Dahl, Colorado
p-Jeff McNeil, N.Y. Mets
m-Sandy Alcantara, Miami
p-Walker Buehler, L.A. Dodgers
p-Luis Castillo, CINCINNATI
p-Jacob deGrom, N.Y. Mets
m-Zach Greinke, Arizona
m-Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers
p-Hyun-Jin Ryu, L.A. Dodgers
p-Max Scherzer, Washington
m-Mike Soroka, Atlanta
r-Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee
p-Josh Hader, Milwaukee
p-Will Smith, San Francisco
r-Felipe Vazquez, Pittsburgh
p-Kirby Yates, San Diego
Manager — Alex Cora, Boston
Catcher — Gary Sanchez, N.Y. Yankees
First Baseman — Carlos Santana, Cleveland
Second Baseman — DJ LeMahieu, N.Y. Yankees
Shortstop — Jorge Polanco, Minnesota
Third Baseman — Alex Bregman, Houston
Outfield — Mike Trout, L.A. Angels
Outfield — George Springer, Houston
Outfield — Michael Brantley, Houston
i-Designated Hitter — Hunter Pence, Texas
p-James McCann, Chicago White Sox
p-Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
r-Xander Bogaerts, Boston
p-Matt Chapman, Oakland
ip-Tommy La Stella, L.A. Angels
p-Francisco Lindor, Cleveland
r-Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay
m-Daniel Vogelbach, Seattle
p-Mookie Betts, Boston
p-Joey Gallo, Texas
p-Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay
m-Whit Merrifield, Kansas City
p-J.T. Martinez, Boston
r-Shane Bieber, Cleveland
r-Jose Berriios, Minnesota
p-Gerritt Cole, Houston
p-Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
r-Liam Hendriks, Oakland
m-John Means, Baltimore
m-Mike Minor, Texas
p-Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay
ip-Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota
m-Marcus Stroman, Toronto
r-Masahiro Tanaka, N.Y. Yankees
p-Justin Verlander, Houston
p-Aroldis Chapman, N.Y. Yankees
m-Shane Greene, Detroit
p-Brad Hand, Cleveland
p-Ryan Pressly, Houston