Every year the All-Star teams are announced and every year there are multiple replacements a few days later. Injuries happen, you know. Or . . . do they?
Anyway, Major League Baseball just sent a release with seven substitutions to the rosters for the Midsummer Classic:
Chris Archer SP Rays
Robinson Cano 2B Mariners
Chris Devenski RP Astros
Brandon Kintzler RP Twins
Roberto Osuna RP Blue Jays
Justin Upton OF Tigers
Alex Wood SP Dodgers
This marks the first All-Star appearances for Devenski, Kintzler, Osuna and Wood. The others are All-Star veterans.
The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.
Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.
Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.