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Koji Uehara replaces injured starter Masahiro Tanaka on the American League All-Star team

Jul 9, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Major League Baseball just made the announcement on Twitter …

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday evening with right elbow inflammation and is on his way back to New York (from where the Yankees are playing in Cleveland) to undergo an MRI.

This is the first major league All-Star appearance for Uehara, who boasts a 1.30 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 52/6 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season as the Red Sox closer. The 39-year-old right-hander also has 18 saves in 19 chances. He was an All-Star eight different times in Nippon Professional Baseball.

  1. whatacrocker - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    WTF? Is there a Japanese spot on the team I was unaware of? How is the replacement not Sale or Richards?

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM


      It’s the all-star game for christ sake, it’s not like they’re going to throw 5 or 6 innings in that game.

      • renaado - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Kanji or katakana?

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM


    • whatacrocker - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      I just am not clear how you can fail to make the “final five” and yet you are the “first replacement.” Are the final five the best five players that did not make the team, or not? If they are, they should become the first replacements. And if they are not, then what is the point of the final five?

      Undoubtedly, the main reason is that they don’t want to undermine the final five voting by promoting guys who are on that ballot (and thus rendering a bunch of votes moot). Which results in a really stupid situation: You’re more likely to make an All Star team if you are the sixth-best guy who doesn’t make the original cut than if you’re the third-best guy.

      A secondary reason, of course, is that you need a Japanese player if you want to reach the Japanese market.

      It’s just the All Star game, so who cares, I suppose. I just find annoying and a bit patronizing all the shenanigans MLB pulls in an effort to drum up interest in the game…

    • boogerhill - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      He should have replaced Peter Jeter, who does not deserve to be there!

  2. rcali - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Nope, can’t see right through that one MLB!

  3. terrier92 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    This kid was as dominant and efficient a closer during the Sox’s run last year as I have ever seen in my lifetime. Came in shut the door no drama amazing. Good for him

  4. stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    It’s not like he’s a bad choice. He is one of the two or three most dependable closers in baseball. The problem is the whole ASG concept. By the time you finish all these little popularity games and stuff trying to please everybody, some glaring omissions will always exist.

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