Colon, Scherzer, Saunders, Belt added to All-Star rosters
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 09, 2016 08:43 AM
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon and Max Scherzer are headed to the All-Star Game, picked as replacements for other pitchers originally selected for the National League team.
Major League Baseball also announced Friday that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders and San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt won the final two All-Star roster spots, elected by fans in online balloting.
Saunders joins the American League team, while Belt gets a slot on the NL squad.
The 43-year-old Colon was chosen to replace Madison Bumgarner in Tuesday's showcase in San Diego because the Giants ace is scheduled to pitch Sunday against Arizona. A fan favorite with the New York Mets, Colon is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA.
Scherzer will substitute for Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg, who came off the disabled list Sunday and won't pitch in the All-Star Game as a precaution. The Nationals say Strasburg, who is from San Diego, plans to attend the game.