The initial rosters for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game were announced Sunday, and the Final Vote contest determined the 32nd spot for both the American League and National League. But the roster maneuvering isn’t over yet. There are still additions to be made, and you can keep track of them here, all in one spot.
Replacements are named every year for the midsummer classic, some for injuries and others because of starters pitching on the Sunday prior to the All-Star Game itself. The latter was the case for Justin Verlander of the Astros, Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals and Jon Lester of the Cubs.
In 2017 there were seven replacements added in the week between roster announcements and the game itself. In 2016 there were nine. Here are all the All-Star additions for 2018:
Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos was voted by fans to start at catcher for the American League, but is now out with a hamstring injury. Yan Gomes of the Indians was named as his replacement on the roster.
As for the lineup, Salvador Perez of the Royals — hitting a robust .221/.259/.396 this season — was named as the new starter at catcher for the AL. It’s the fifth straight All-Star start for Perez, who was voted onto the team by players.
The Rays left-hander has a 2.27 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 119 innings, and now teammate Chris Archer can rest easy now that the Snell snub has been rectified. Snell replaces Corey Kluber of the Indians, who received an injection in his right knee on Friday and will sit out about a week, missing the midsummer classic.
The Astros are abundant in their rotation, with Morton their third starting pitcher named to the American League squad. The right-hander has a 2.96 ERA in 19 starts and his 146 strikeouts are just 17 shy of his career high, set last season. Morton replaces Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who has been battling left knee tendinitis.
The Diamondbacks right-hander is having a fine year in his third year of his record six-year, $206.5 million contract. Greinke has a 3.39 ERA in 19 starts and more strikeouts (117) than innings (114). He replaces Lester on the NL roster, for his fifth career All-Star appearance and second in a row.
Greinke is also hitting .294/.351/.382 this season. If a pitcher were to actually hit in an All-Star Game, Greinke would probably be the one.
Greinke jokingly offered his services as a pinch hitter in D.C.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) July 12, 2018
The Dodgers pitcher started the season in the bullpen but was pressed into starting duty when 80% of the club’s opening day rotation were on the disabled list at once. Stripling has been excellent in his third season, posting a 2.22 ERA with 103 strikeouts against only 13 walks. Stripling replaces Mikolas on the NL squad.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was voted an American League All-Star by the players, but is sidelined with a right hip strain. That opened the door for Lowrie, who has already matched his career high in home runs (16) and makes his first All-Star team in his 11th season.
Buster Posey was elected to the NL All-Star team by player vote but won’t play as the Giants catcher battles hip inflammation. That paved the way for Cardinals veteran backstop Yadier Molina to make his ninth All-Star team in the last 10 years.
The Brewers reliever has been excellent this season and sports an ERA that begins with a zero (0.99), with 47 strikeouts in 45⅓ innings. Jeffress gives Milwaukee a franchise-record five All-Stars this season, befitting the team with the best record in the National League.
Jefress replaces Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, who was placed on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his foot. Even though he won’t play, Doolittle’s All-Star status has been forever cemented:
i’m an all star— Sean #VoteTrea Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) July 9, 2018
2018 All-Star roster changes
|National League||Buster Posey (Giants)||Yadier Molina (Cardinals)|
|American League||Gleyber Torres (Yankees)||Jed Lowrie (A's)|
|National League||Miles Mikolas (Cardinals)||Ross Stripling (Dodgers)|
|National League||Jon Lester (Cubs)||Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks)|
|National League||Sean Doolittle (Nationals)||Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers)|
|American League||Corey Kluber (Indians)||Blake Snell (Rays)|
|American League||Aroldis Champan (Yankees)||Charlie Morton (Astros)|
|American League||Wilson Ramos (Rays)||Yan Gomes (Indians)|