Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was added to the National League All-Star team Friday, after St. Louis’ Yadier Molina was forced out of the game because of a thumb injury that is expected to sideline him for 8-10 weeks.
Montero leads major league catchers with 52 RBI, but he was left off the original roster because of a logjam at the top of the position. Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy and Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco were named to the team as fan backups to Molina, who won the fan balloting.
Montero, who is hitting .265 with 13 doubles and 11 homers, joins Paul Goldschmidt as the D-backs’ participants in Tuesday’s game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Each is making his second appearance. Montero played in the 2011 game at Chase Field, and Goldschmidt was in New York last season.
Molina had the least gaudy hitting numbers but ran away with the fan voting, finishing about 500,000 votes ahead of Lucroy, who will start in his place. Lucroy is hitting .323 with 31 doubles, nine homers and 41 RBI, and Mesoraco is hitting .305 with 14 doubles, 15 homers and 43 RBI.
Both Lucroy and Mesoraco are first-time All-Stars.
Molina, a six-time All-Star and a four-time winner of the fan voting, has been placed on the disabled list. He has thrown out 48.6 percent of runners attempting to steal this season, by far the best percentage in the majors
Montero has thrown out 29.3 percent, ahead of Lucroy (26.5) and about even with Mesoraco (29.6).