With less than a week until the 2005 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game, four Minor Leaguers have been called upon to replace three players.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman John Hattig, Cleveland pitcher Fernando Cabrera and Cubs outfielder Felix Pie had to bow off the World team, while White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks won't be able to go for the U.S. squad.
Taking their places will be Altoona third baseman Jose Bautista, Buffalo pitcher Fausto Carmona and Kane County outfielder Javier Herrera on the world team and Frederick's James Johnson on the U.S. side.
Bautista, from the Dominican Republic, is hitting .302 for the Curve with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs. He was selected by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft.
After compiling a 6-5 record in two-plus months with the Akron Aeros, Indians prospect Carmona shuffled off to Buffalo. The right-hander, a non-drafted free agent signed out of the Dominican Republic, allowed one run in eight innings in his Triple-A debut, and now has a 2.57 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14 innings of work.
Herrera, who was signed by the A's as a free agent in 2001, has 54 hits, 38 runs and 34 RBIs for the Cougars. The Caracas, Venezuela product has swiped 15 bases and has an average of .276.
Johnson (6-4, 3.26) has struck out 95 batters in 91 innings pitched for the Keys. The Orioles selected the right-hander in the fifth round of the 2001 draft.
The Futures Game will be contested Sunday at Comerica Park.