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On second thought, Michael Young may not replace Adrian Beltre in the All-Star game

Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre.
Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s third baseman is still hoping to play in tomorrow’s game. Which means Young is in limbo and, for now at least, “only” 82 players can say they’re All-Stars.
I’ll let MLB spokesperson Phyllis Merhige explain:

Clearly it was a communication misunderstanding. Michael Young is the next guy on the player voting, so if Adrian Beltre can’t play it’s Michael Young. But Adrian had said all along he was going to make a decision about how he felt. I don’t know where Joe got it from. Maybe I miscommunicated it.

Last year Chone Figgins was added to the AL roster very late, arriving at the ballpark just hours before the game, so keeping Young on call is nothing new. It does seem kind of weird that when people look back at his career whether Young is a six-time All-Star or a seven-time All-Star is dependent upon how Beltre’s hamstring feels in the next few hours.

  1. WellNow - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Petty McSnubson

  2. JimmyY - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Well, well, Girardi is pissing on Red Sox nation that’s apparent. Dissing Yuke and picking Konerko, yes, the ‘normal’ stats we all know Konerko has a shade advantage, but as far as OBP, slugging, DEFENSE, Yuke should definitely have been the choice since he’s got a better all around game. Now this.

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