UPDATE: Andy Pettitte replaces injured Clay Buchholz on All-Star roster

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As expected, the Red Sox placed Clay Buchholz on the disabled list this afternoon and announced plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront to start tomorrow night against the Rays.
That means Buchholz won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star game, but because the DL stint is retroactive to June 27 the Red Sox are hoping he’ll be ready to pitch one of the first few games following the break.
Presumably the AL will add another starting pitcher to the roster as his replacement, with Francisco Liriano, Jered Weaver, Andy Pettitte, and Felix Hernandez standing out as the obvious choices.
Doubront won his big-league debut last month against the Dodgers, but didn’t actually pitch particularly well and the 22-year-old southpaw has posted mediocre strikeout-to-walk ratios despite impressive-looking ERAs in the minors.
UPDATE: Sure enough, Andy Pettitte has been tabbed to replace Buchholz on the All-Star roster.

Ronald Acuña batting sixth, playing left field in his Braves debut

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The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.

Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.

The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.

The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.