Major League Baseball’s summer break begins on Monday and there is bad news for the great Latin American figures who would have been contemplated to participate: Houston Astros second baseman Jos Altuve, San Francisco Giants pitcher and Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals, were ruled out for the All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Altuve will be missed
Altuve, an eight-time All-Star who was selected as a starter in the fan vote, has a bruised left knee which hurt him last Thursday in their game against the Los Angeles Angels and was held out of the Giants game Friday. As a result, the MLB announced Saturday that he will be replaced as a starter by Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez, who will make his debut as an All-Starter, while his absence will be filled by Toronto’s Santiago Espinal on the American League roster.
Rodon will be substituted by Tyler Anderson
Meanwhile, Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson will fill in for Rodon on the National League roster. Although MLB and the Giants did say why Rodon will not participate in Tuesday’s game. Anderson is 10-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 games, with 81 strikeouts.
Gimenez, 23, came to Cleveland last year as part of the trade that sent Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets and has had a standout season, batting .299 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 78 games while playing solid defense. He has also been key, batting .384 with runners in scoring position.
Finally, Brave’s shortstop Austin Riley has 100 hits and a .913 OPS this season and will replace Arenado on the National League team.
Arenado is experienced
Arenado, a seven-time All-Star, explained that he has had lower back pain for the past three or four weeks and while scans found no injury, he will rest during the break.
“Lately it’s been a problem. It really didn’t make sense for me to go do that,” said Arenado, who lives less than an hour from Los Angeles.
When will the MLB All-Star Game be?
The 2022 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 19 at 8 p.m. (ET) 5 p.m. (PT). Preliminary activities have already begun at Dodgers Stadium, which will host celebrities, ballplayers, and baseball fans.
The Home Run Derby is also scheduled for Monday, with eight bombers participating in three rounds: Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Juan Soto and Ronald Acua. Alonso is the defending champion of the tournament which is scheduled at the same times: 8:00 p.m. (ET) 5:00 p.m. (PT).