Jon Lester, Ricky Romero named American League All-Stars
MLB Press Release
Major League Baseball announced today that pitchers Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox and Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays have been added to the American League All-Star roster. Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who started today’s game, will be inactive for Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic, in accordance with the rule that makes Sunday’s starting pitchers ineligible to pitch in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.
Hernandez, who will attend the All-Star Game, was a player-elected All-Star. Thus, his replacement was to be the next highest ranking pitcher who was not already an All-Star. Lester was the next highest ranked pitcher, but because he is currently on the disabled list, Romero has been added to the roster and will be active for Tuesday’s game.
This is the second All-Star selection of Lester’s career, having also been selected last year. He is 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in his 18 starts on the season. Lester will attend the All-Star Game with full honors and will be introduced before the Midsummer Classic. Romero, 26, is now an All-Star for the first time in his three-year Major League career. The Cal State Fullerton product is 7-8 with a 3.09 ERA and 101 strikeouts in his 18 starts on the season. He has three complete games, including one shutout.
Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.
The current American League and National League All-Star rosters are attached.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by 47 broadcast outlets to more than 200 countries and in 14 languages, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (local). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or dbacks.com/asg.