ATLANTA — Just a few minutes after the first pitch of Reds-Braves on Sunday, it was announced first baseman Freddie Freeman would not play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Freeman jammed his thumb Saturday against the Reds and did not play Sunday, yielding the first-base responsibilities to Evan Gattis.
Three hours later, the Braves revealed catcher Brian McCann had been added to the National League All-Star roster, as Freeman’s injury replacement. McCann (12 homers, 32 RBI, .291 batting) will be making his seventh All-Star appearance.
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He was the MVP of the 2010 All-Star Game.
“Terrific, terrific,” said Braves manager of McCann’s accomplishment. “What a great honor. … I got a chance to tell him during the game” — (after getting a phone call) — “that’s seven times now, with six straight before last season. What an honor!”
“What a good guy to add, too,” said Gonzalez with a prideful smile, while alluding to McCann’s red-hot July tally of .419 batting.
During the week, Freeman was chosen as an All-Star over heralded Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, but Puig was held out of the Los Angeles lineup on Saturday (lingering hip injury).
Dodgers fans initially held out hope Puig would be named as Freeman’s replacement, but National League manager Bruce Bochy and his coaching staff sided with the veteran McCann.