Morneau to miss All-Star Game

Paul Konerko has been chosen to replace injured Justin Morneau on the AL All-Star team.

Morneau will miss the game Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., because of a concussion. The Twins’ slugging first baseman withdrew Saturday, following a doctor’s advice, and will return to Minnesota to rest during the break.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the American League skipper, selected Konerko to be Morneau’s replacement on the roster. The Chicago White Sox first baseman began the day batting .299 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Morneau didn’t play Saturday, missing his third straight game with a concussion, and won’t be in the lineup for the series finale against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Morneau was evaluated Saturday by Dr. Kenneth Podell, a concussions specialist who consults with pro teams in Detroit.