Michael Bourn Replaces Ian Desmond On NL All-Star Team

Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves steals second base ahead of the tag of Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

There's been a roster swap for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Ian Desmond, shortstop for the Washington Nationals, had been named to the National League All-Star team; it was to be his first All-Star appearance.

Then this happened:

What's strange about this announcement is that Desmond is in the lineup for the Nationals Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, in a game against the Colorado Rockies. And in that game, he has homered (his 16th; he leads all major-league shortstops in home runs) and singled. The oblique injury must not be all that serious.

Michael Bourn, who finished second in the National League All-Star final vote that concluded on Thursday, is having a fine season for the Braves, hitting .305/.360/.448 with seven home runs and 23 stolen bases.

For more on the Braves, please visit Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta; for more on the Nationals, please visit Federal Baseball and SB Nation DC.

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