New York, NY - Major League Baseball has announced three additions to the American League All-Star roster in Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver of the Angels and Oakland’s Andrew Bailey.
The trio of pitchers were named in light of MLB’s new rule that recognizes any All-Star pitchers who start games on the final day before the break ineligible to participate in the Mid-Summer classic.
The Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Trevor Cahill of the Athletics both started games Sunday, making them ineligible. It opened two spots for Verlander and Bailey, as Weaver also took the mound for Los Angeles Sunday ruling him out of participating.
It is Weaver’s first All-Star nod, Verlander’s third and Bailey’s second career and second consecutive selection. Cahill and Sabathia will still attend the festivities and be fully recognized as All-Stars.
The 81st edition of the All-Star game is set for July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.