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Henderson Alvarez replaces Jordan Zimmermann on NL All-Star roster

Jul 12, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

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According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has been added to the National League roster for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. He’ll replace Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmerman, who left his start last night with a right biceps cramp.

This is the first All-Star selection for Alvarez. The 24-year-old right-hander has enjoyed an excellent first half, posting a 2.63 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 120 innings. He had a rare clunker last night against the Mets, giving up six runs over five innings for his first loss since May 11.

Interestingly, with Zimmermann sidelined, the Nationals will not have an active player on the NL roster. A little strange for a first-place team with some worthy candidates, including Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, and Rafael Soriano. With Alvarez and Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins will now have two representatives.

  1. NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Wonder if players were invited and they declined. I believe the CBA requires they go if not injured, but perhaps it doesn’t mention replacements. Can’t imagine any of the pitchers going, in solidarity with Soriano, and Ryan Zimmerman already said he was boycotting if Rendon didn’t get selected.

    I’ll be watching our babies (Giolito and Michael Taylor) in the Futures Game. I like the Home Run Derby, but I hate that they juice the ball. Eh, for the ASG, just gimme that home field for the WS.

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Actually, can’t confirm RZimm really said that, who knows with Twitter… But I HOPE he said it. ;)

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Found the quote… Not that anyone cares (except Nats fans). But for Nats fans, it’s toward the bottom of this story. (h/t MicheleS).
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/zimmermann-gets-a-win-then-an-all-star-invitation/2014/07/06/f1e7ef4c-0392-11e4-8fd0-3a663dfa68ac_story.html

  2. thehawg - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Rather see Casey McGehee make the all star game.

  3. Jason Lukehart - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Alvarez is the greatest active practitioner of the Maddux, so I’m delighted to see him headed to the All-Star Game.

  4. hiflew - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    I don’t get why this guy was chosen over Alfredo Simon of the Reds. I get that new-school guys don’t like the win statistic, but it still counts and Simon has more than anyone in the NL. He also has a very respectable 2.70 ERA. He should be an All Star simply because appears to be his career year. His numbers might not hold up all season, but they are great at the moment.

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