MLB picks Brett Gardner to replace injured Alex Gordon on All-Star team

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is expected to miss two months following Wednesday’s gruesome-looking groin injury and MLB wasted no time naming his replacement for the All-Star game: Brett Gardner of the Yankees.

Gordon was voted in as a starter for the American League, whereas Gardner will begin the game on the bench and someone–Adam Jones of the Orioles, perhaps?–will slide into the AL’s starting lineup.

Gardner was among the five AL players involved in the “Final Vote” contest, but was not doing well in the voting early on. So now he gets to skip that step and become a first-time All-Star at age 31 after hitting .298 with nine homers, 15 steals, and an .856 OPS in 78 games for the Yankees.