France replaces Trout at All-Star Game

Angels outfielder Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game with back spasms and open a spot for Mariners first baseman Ty France.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game with back spasms, join Bryce Harper on the sidelines and steal the showcase from two of baseball’s most well-known players.

Dodgers star first baseman Freddie Freeman was added Sunday as the 14th substitute, giving the hosts Dodgers six All-Stars to most rival the New York Yankees.

Trout, a three-time American League MVP, has not played since Tuesday and was dropped from the Los Angels Angels lineup against the Dodgers on Saturday night.

Trout was replaced by Seattle infielder Ty France on Sunday for Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium.

France comes into the All-Star break batting .308 with 11 homers and 49 RBI.

Trout, 30, is a 10-time All-Star and his ninth start pick. He finished second to Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in the AL outfielder voting with 39%.

Harper, a two-time NL MVP, is a seven-time All-Star selected to start for the sixth time. He fractured his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25.

Minnesota’s Byron Buxton will replace Trout on the AL starting lineup.

Houston’s Justin Verlander, the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and Atlanta’s Max Fried were dropped from active rosters on Sunday after starts over the weekend. Milwaukee pitcher Corbin Burnes was eliminated Sunday along with New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte.

Helpers Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox, Toronto’s Jordan Romano and Milwaukee’s Devin Williams were selected as backups along with Freeman and St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas.

Mikolas gets a $50,000 bonus for his selection, Hendriks $15,000 and Romano $10,000.

About a fifth of the roster has changed since the original 33-man teams were announced on July 6th and 8th.

Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Anderson, Garrett Cooper, Miami first baseman, Jake Cronenworth, San Diego infielder, Carlos Rodón, San Francisco left-hander, Santiago Espinal, Toronto infielder, JD Martinez, Boston designated hitter, Austin Riley, Atlanta third baseman, and Texas shortstop Corey Seager were among the earlier additions.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado, Miami second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., Milwaukee approacher Josh Hader, Harper and Toronto outfielder , George Springer, were among those absent mainly due to injuries.

After being added, Rodón was dropped due to a broken nail and a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

Four of 18 starters were replaced: Altuve with Cleveland’s Andrés Giménez, Chisholm with Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets, Harper with Atlanta’s William Contreras, and Trout with Buxton. France replaces Trout at All-Star Game

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