Jays' Romero added to AL All-Star squad
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero is headed to baseball's all-star game.
The Toronto left-hander was named Sunday as a replacement on the AL squad for Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox.
Lester had been the replacement for Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who was made ineligible after pitching Sunday. The all-star game is slated for Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Lester was the next highest ranked pitcher, but because he is currently on the disabled list, Romero was added to the roster. He's the second Blue Jay to join the team after home-runs leader Jose Bautista was named a starter.
Romero, 26, is an all-star for the first time in his three-year career. He's 7-8 with a 3.09 earned-run average and 101 strikeouts in his 18 starts this season. He has three complete games, including one shutout.
"It's very exciting," Romero said. "I'm at a loss for words right now. My family's excited that I'm representing East Los Angeles [where he lives] and most importantly, the country of Canada."
Yankees pitcher David Robertson was earlier chosen to replace Tampa Bay starter David Price.
AL manager Ron Washington said he was taking the Yankees reliever, who has 56 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.
Robertson has a 1.27 ERA this season, mostly pitching the eighth inning for New York, and will make his first all-star appearance.
His fellow reliever, closer Mariano Rivera, was also chosen for the Midsummer Classic but had to bow out with an injury. Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez also will miss the game because of injuries.
Robertson will be joined in Phoenix by teammates Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin.
Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando was also named to the AL All-Star team by Major League Baseball on Sunday as a replacement for New York Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.
Sabathia had been the replacement for Tampa Bay's James Shields, but Sabathia and Shields both pitched on Sunday, and Ogando was next on the players' ballot.
Ogando, a converted reliever, is 9-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 17 starts for Texas this season and will be making his first All-Star appearance.
Ogando becomes the fifth Ranger who'll participate in Tuesday night's game in Phoenix, joining outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre, left-hander C.J. Wilson and designated hitter Michael Young.