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2019 All-Star Game: Odorizzi, Pence, La Stella out; Berríos, Lowe, Bogaerts in


Major League Baseball announced a trio of replacements ahead of next week’s All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Jake Odorizzi, Hunter Pence, and Tommy La Stella are out due to injuries. Their replacements, respectively, are José Berríos, Brandon Lowe, and Xander Bogaerts.

Here’s a rundown of their stats:

  • Jake Odorizzi (Twins)
    • 10-4, 3.15 ERA, 96/30 K/BB in 88 2/3 IP
  • José Berríos (Twins)
    • 8-4, 2.89 ERA, 102/20 K/BB in 112 IP
  • Hunter Pence (Rangers)
    • .294/.353/.608, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 44 R in 215 PA
  • Brandon Lowe (Rays)
    • .276/.339/.523, 16 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R in 307 PA
  • Tommy La Stella (Angels)
    • .300/.353/.495, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 49 R in 312 PA
  • Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
    • .301/.392/.541, 16 HR, 58 RBI, 64 R in 370 PA

Odorizzi is dealing with a blister on his right middle finger suffered during Tuesday’s start against the Athletics. Pence injured his groin chasing a fly ball on June 16. La Stella suffered a fractured right tibia when he fouled a ball off of his right shin in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

Odorizzi, Lowe, and La Stella are all first-time All-Stars. Berríos is back at the midsummer classic for a second time, as is Bogaerts. Pence is a four-time All-Star, making the team for the first time since 2014.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.