As speculated earlier, Alex Rodriguez has joined Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in pulling out of the All-Star Game.
No replacement was announced, but we’re guessing will soon announce that Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta have been added to the squad as reserves. Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera figure to move into the starting lineup in place of Rodriguez and Jeter, respectively.
That could leave the AL with the following lineup:
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Jose Bautista
LF Josh Hamilton
DH David Ortiz
2B Robinson Cano
C Alex Avila
The AL has six left-handed hitters starting, so there will only be so much splitting them up.
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that the Orioles and Diamondbacks have agreed in principle to a trade involving outfielder Michael Bourn. The trade is in the process of being finalized. It is not yet known what the Diamondbacks are receiving in return.
Bourn will be the second outfielder the Orioles have acquired on Wednesday, as the club also claimed Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Rangers.
With rosters expanding on Thursday, the Orioles are making a concerted effort to bolster the team’s outfield depth. Both Stubbs and Bourn are eligible for the Orioles’ postseason roster if the club makes it.
Bourn, 33, hit .261/.307/.362 with 21 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 43 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 358 plate appearances.
The Orioles have claimed outfielder Drew Stubbs off release waivers from the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The club designated for assignment pitcher Kyle Lobstein, whom they acquired from the Pirates earlier on Wednesday, to make roster space for Stubbs, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The Rangers designated Stubbs for assignment last week. After clearing waivers, Stubbs refused an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, so the Rangers released him on Monday.
Stubbs, 31, has taken only 67 plate appearances this season — 42 with the Braves, 25 with the Rangers — as he missed a lot of time between mid-May and mid-August with a sprained left toe.
With rosters expanding, the veteran Stubbs will simply add to the Orioles’ outfield depth.