Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League. It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis:
C: Buster Posey (785,314)
1B: Albert Pujols (988,784)
2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778)
3B: Placido Polanco (724,724)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (975,777)
OF: Ryan Braun (971,809)
OF: Lance Berkman (872,434)
OF: Matt Holliday (927,778)
Yes, Brian McCann is in second place for the catcher’s vote. I presume he’ll be in first place before long. Unless there’s a rule change or something …
As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.
Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.