ST. LOUIS – Trevor Hoffman was supposed to take his sons fishing. Instead, they’re all headed back to the All-Star game.
The career saves leader was a late addition to the National League squad, joining Pittsburgh pitcher Zach Duke and Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena as players picked Sunday to replace All-Stars unable to participate Tuesday night.
Hoffman, in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will substitute for Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, who has an injured toe.
“You relish the opportunity,” Hoffman said. “You don’t know how often these come along.”
The 41-year-old reliever said his sons – Brody, Quinn and Wyatt – didn’t mind Dad’s sudden change of All-Star break plans from fishing for three days in Wisconsin to a jam-packed trip to St. Louis.
“My kids are really excited. They’ve gotten older and been to quite a few, but they’re starting to understand the dynamics that are part of it,” Hoffman said. “It was a pretty easy sell.”
Duke also was added to the N.L. staff. He replaces San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who took a line drive off his right arm Saturday night.
Pena takes the A.L. roster spot of Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, elected by fans to start. His wife, Kelli, is seven months pregnant and has been in the hospital since July 6 with complications.
“It’s pretty tough. Obviously, I’ve got to be with my wife right now. That’s more important,” Pedroia said. “I’m extremely honored to be selected by the fans. I wish I could be there but I hope everybody understands.”
American League manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays said Toronto’s Aaron Hill will start at second in place of Pedroia, last year’s league MVP.
“I hope that everything is OK with his family,” Pena said. “Obviously, that’s the most important thing.”
The addition of Pena means Tampa Bay’s entire infield is on the team, including third baseman Evan Longoria, shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Ben Zobrist.
The last club to put four infielders in the All-Star game was the 2002 New York Yankees, with first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Alfonso Soriano, shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura.