Michael Bourn to Replace Ian Desmond on 2012 N.L. All-Star Roster

Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn has been named by 2012 National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa to replace Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on the N.L.’s active roster for the 83rd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.

Bourn entered Saturday’s play with a .305 batting average, seven home runs, 32 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 58 runs scored.  Bourn, a second-time N.L. All-Star, played in the 2010 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim.  Desmond has been replaced due to a left oblique strain, for which he has undergone treatment and rest has been recommended.

Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.  The current American League and National League All-Star rosters accompany this press release.

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.