It’s not easy filling out the roster of an All-Star team, Bruce Bochy said after the reserves and pitchers for his National League squad were announced on Monday.
Jon Lester had more hits himself than the Cardinals did through six innings, but he couldn’t shut down St. Louis completely. Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly and Kolten Wong added an RBI single in the seventh to lift the Cardinals to a 6-0 rain-interrupted victory on Monday night over Lester and the Cubs.
Jon Lester recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single off John Lackey in the second inning on Monday night to end a career hitless streak that began in 2006.
If we know anything about the All-Star rosters, it’s that they are fungible properties basically up until the day of the Midsummer Classic itself. Things happen. Guys get hurt. Guys pitch on Sunday and pull themselves out of availability. Guys get stuck on a layover at O’Hare and can’t make it to Cincinnati.
The Pirates lost a key piece of their lineup Monday, placing infielder Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury. Harrison sustained the injury while sliding into second base during the seventh inning of the Pirates’ 5-2 win over the Indians on Sunday.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
The Pirates‘ trade of minor league starter Clayton Richard to the Cubs might not seem like huge news on the surface, but the move could prove to be significant if the Bucs have injuries in the rotation, Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. With Richard out of the picture and the team’s rash of injuries, the Pirates’ organizational starting depth has been compromised. Manager Clint Hurdle is not yet terribly concerned about it, saying “I still think we are in a place where we are covered. If something were to happen here and we lost two starters, that might change. We have lost our surplus. We had great depth at one point, now our depth isn’t as deep.” Richard, 31, was a productive starter for the Padres before shoulder issues derailed his career.
Mike Trout is headed back to the All-Star Game. It’s basically assumed at the start of every year, and it was deemed official, again, on Sunday, when Trout was named to the American League’s 2015 starting lineup by virtue of the fan votes.
After dominating the headlines in the first half of the 2015 season, Bryce Harper is taking his show to one of baseball’s grandest stages. Harper has been voted into the 2015 All-Star Game as a starter by the fans, marking his third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. He garnered more votes than any other National League player.