Chipper Jones to replace Matt Kemp on NL All-Star roster

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has been named by 2012 National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa to replace Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the N.L.’s active roster for the 83rd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.

Kemp, who was elected as a starter by the fans for a second consecutive year, has been on the disabled since May 31st with a left hamstring strain and will be inactive for the Midsummer Classic. 

Jones, who was a candidate on the N.L.’s 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote sponsored by Firestone, is now an All-Star for the eighth time in his career.  The 40-year-old is batting .291 with six home runs and 29 RBI over 45 games played this season.

Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.

The current American League and National League All-Star rosters are attached.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.  Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (local).  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/2012.