Day before break brings All-Star roster changes

Day before break brings All-Star roster changes

Day before break brings All-Star roster changes
Ten players were added to the rosters Sunday for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix, including eight first-timers.

Pitchers Alexi Ogando of the Rangers, Michael Pineda of the Mariners, David Robertson of the Yankees and Ricky Romero of the Blue Jays have been named American League All-Stars, and Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel, catcher Miguel Montero of the D-backs, infielder Pablo Sandoval of the Giants and pitcher Kevin Correia of the Pirates have been added to the National League roster. All six will be making their first appearances in the Midsummer Classic, bringing the number of players to 36 -- breaking the record set in 2010.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia and Red Sox starter Jon Lester were also added to the roster, although by rule Sabathia won't be able to participate because he pitched on Sunday. Lester is on the disabled list and will not play.

The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Sabathia was made an All-Star for the fifth time because the Rays' James Shields, a player selection, pitched on Sunday, and Sabathia was next up on the players' ballot. Ogando was after Sabathia on the players' ballot, earning a spot because Sabathia pitched on Sunday.

The Tigers' Justin Verlander -- another players' ballot selection -- also pitched on Sunday, opening the spot for Pineda, the next pitcher on that ballot.

Then, with the Mariners' Felix Hernandez pitching on Sunday as well, Lester was next in line on the ballot. But since he's on the DL, that opened up another spot, which now belongs to Romero.

As the next pitcher on the NL players' ballot, Correia replaces Phillies starter Cole Hamels on the NL's active roster, since Hamels pitched on Sunday and could not participate. Sandoval, meanwhile, replaces fan-elected starter Jose Reyes of the Mets, who will not play because of injury. In conjunction with Major League Baseball, Giants manager Bruce Bochy selected his corner infielder for the All-Star assignment.

Montero will be an All-Star in his home ballpark, taking the roster spot of injured Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen will start in Polanco's place after being added to the NL squad on Saturday.

Kimbrel was the final addition, taking Matt Cain's roster spot when the Giants right-hander pitched Sunday night against the Mets.

Shields, Verlander, Sabathia, Hernandez, Lester, Hamels and Reyes are all fully recognized as All-Stars and can participate in the festivities and be introduced with their respective rosters prior to Tuesday's game.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.