All-Star rosters seem to be changing by the hour

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Several players have bowed out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game this weekend due to injuries.  Let’s recap:

Jose Reyes aggravated a right oblique injury on a long throw in Saturday’s game and will rest up instead of heading out to Anaheim, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.  Reyes is hoping the All-Star break will allow him to avoid the disabled list.  The Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal, batting .333/.373/.519, will replace him.

Justin Morneau suffered a mild concussion earlier this week and is still showing some minor symptoms.  He bowed out Saturday, according to MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier, and Paul Konerko of the White Sox will replace him.  Konerko has a .298/.379/.557 batting line, 20 home runs and 62 RBI through 289 at-bats.

Jason Heyward finally decided Saturday to remove himself from the National League All-Star roster, reports Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  He has been rehabbing a bruised thumb for a few weeks and remains on the disabled list.  A replacement has not been named, but do-it-all Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez seems like a nice fit.  CarGo was on MLB’s “Final Vote” ballot, but lost out to Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.