With New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes on the disabled list, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was named as a replacement selection for the 2011 All-Star Game. The selection gives the hosting Diamondbacks a second player for the hometown crowd, as Montero will join Justin Upton.
Montero has hit 10 home runs this seasons, already surpassing his injurious 2010 total. He's also made 10 errors, but his offensive production from the backstop position has been a big reason why the Diamondbacks are contending in the NL West.
And because Matt Cain is pitching on Sunday -- which is totally against the Ten Commandments, making him ineligible for all sorts of things, including the All-Star Game -- Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel is expected to make the NL roster as Cain's replacement. Kimbrel has struck out 70 in 46 innings, and his 28 saves leads the National League.
Kimbrel is the second straight closer for the Braves to make the All-Star Game, following Billy Wagner's appearance last year. This is also impressive because if Kimbrel stood on Wagner's shoulders, they could look Kyle Farnsworth in the eyes.