Jul 7, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT
Heath Bell had little chance of winning the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest for spot in the All-Star game, but now he’s been taken off the ballot and officially added to the NL roster as the injury replacement for Yovani Gallardo.
Bell made his first All-Star game last season while doing a marvelous job stepping in for Trevor Hoffman as the Padres’ closer and is certainly deserving of a return trip, as he leads the league in saves for the second straight season and has a 1.72 ERA in 36.2 innings.
His removal from the “Final Vote” ballot leaves Joey Votto, Billy Wagner, Ryan Zimmerman, and Carlos Gonzalez competing for the spot.
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