Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches, further threatening to turn baseball’s big show into the All-Scar game.
Shortly after Jeter pulled himself Friday to rest an injured calf, his New York Yankees teammate joined him. The club announced Rodriguez would be absent because of a sore knee.
That made it three Yankees who won’t play for the American League on Tuesday in Phoenix. Closer Mariano Rivera will sit out to heal his right triceps.
Jhonny Peralta will replace Jeter on the roster, the first All-Star selection for the Detroit shortstop. Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera will move into the starting lineup.
Boston’s Kevin Youkilis will take Rodriguez’s spot, with Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre getting the start.
Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers replaced injured Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies in a switch of N.L. outfielders.
Los Angeles Angels rookie closer Jordan Walden is replacing Rivera.
Dodgers end 30-year bond with Garvey
A person familiar with the situation says the Los Angeles Dodgers have fired Steve Garvey for his attempts to buy the team that he helped to the 1981 World Series title.
The person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on personnel matters and talked on condition of anonymity, says Garvey is no longer with the team, ending a 30-year tenure in the organization. Garvey worked in marketing and community relations, making numerous public appearances on behalf of the team and its sponsors.
Chisenhall’s injury not as bad as feared
Lonnie Chisenhall is lucky. He just doesn’t look it.
Chisenhall broke a nasal bone on the right side of his face when he was struck by a 90 mph fastball Thursday night, an injury that looked horrifying but turned out not to be as serious as feared. He may only miss a few games.
As his Cleveland teammates took batting practice before Friday’s game against Toronto, Chisenhall wore a pair of dark sunglasses as he pressed an ice pack on his swollen face and reclined on a leather couch in the clubhouse. He was not available for comment.
“He looks like he’s gone a couple rounds with Mike Tyson,” Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. “Otherwise he feels fine, which is a good thing.”
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