The AL team is making roster moves before Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will miss the game with a sore knee and will be replaced by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell. New York closer Aroldis Chapman also needs to rest a sore knee and will be replaced by Houston’s Charlie Morton.
This happens every year, as players are named to the team and then back out because of injuries.
It is under that scenario that the Twins’ Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar still have a chance to be named to the squad.
“You never know what could happen these last few days, including guys deciding that four days off is better than going out there and playing,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Until probably Sunday, something could happen.”
It happened to Brian Dozier in 2015. He wasn’t voted in by the fans and lost the final vote to Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas. But a spot opened up when Toronto’s Jose Bautista backed out of the game because of a balky shoulder. Dozier was named as a replacement the Saturday before the game.
Dozier then pinch-hit for Jason Kipnis in the game in Cincinnati and homered.
Jose Berrios figured that he would need 10 victories to make the All-Star Game. So when he lost starts against the Cubs and Brewers during the Twins’ forgettable 1-8 road trip, he thought his chances were kaput.
“That’s something I had in my mind before the season started,” Berrios said. “Win 10 games before the All-Star break. That’s why I was surprised when Molitor announced that I was the one going, because I didn’t have 10 wins yet.”
Now an All-Star, Berrios still wants to enter the break with 10 wins. So he has more motivation than usual when he faces the Rays on Saturday.
Berrios could follow in Ervin Santana’s footsteps and head to the All-Star Game with 10 wins.
“So now that I’m going to the All-Star Game, that is something that is going to give me a second wind,” Berrios said. “So I’m going to keep supporting my teammates and going out there and working hard and see where it takes me.”