Koji Uehara replaces injured starter Masahiro Tanaka on the American League All-Star team

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Major League Baseball just made the announcement on Twitter …

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday evening with right elbow inflammation and is on his way back to New York (from where the Yankees are playing in Cleveland) to undergo an MRI.

This is the first major league All-Star appearance for Uehara, who boasts a 1.30 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 52/6 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season as the Red Sox closer. The 39-year-old right-hander also has 18 saves in 19 chances. He was an All-Star eight different times in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.