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Snell, Morton replace banged-up Kluber, Chapman as AL All-Stars

Kluber will be replaced by Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell, while Chapman's spot will be taken by Houston starter Charlie Morton. It is the first All-Star selection for both Snell and Morton.


Reuters 14 Jul 2018, 01:36 AM United States

A day after both had a hand in the opener of their teams' four-game series against one another, Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman were taken off the AL All-Star Game active roster on Friday.

Kluber will be replaced by Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell, while Chapman's spot will be taken by Houston starter Charlie Morton. It is the first All-Star selection for both Snell and Morton.

On Thursday night, Kluber gave up six runs -- all earned -- on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings, taking the loss in a 7-4 defeat to the visiting Yankees.

Kluber never said anything about knee pain following the game, but the team announced Friday that he received an injection in his right knee. The two-time Cy Young winner will need at least one week of rest, ending his chances at taking part in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. The club hopes the injection will allow him to remain in the rotation in the second half, with his next start scheduled for July 23.

The 32-year-old Kluber is 12-5 with a 2.76 ERA in a league-high 133 2/3 innings pitched, earning the third All-Star selection of his career. But he is 2-3 with 19 earned runs allowed in 34 innings pitched over his last six starts. Kluber and Indians manager Terry Francona are expected to address the situation before Friday's game.

Chapman worked a perfect ninth Thursday for his 25th save in 26 chances, but Thursday was his first action since last Saturday as he deals with left knee tendinitis. Manager Aaron Boone admitted before the game Thursday that he did not know whether Chapman would be able to play in the All-Star Game, the fifth for which Chapman has been selected.

Morton, 34, is in his 11th MLB season. He is 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA this season, his second in Houston. He has 146 strikeouts in 112 1/3 innings pitched entering Friday. The right-hander is second in winning percentage (.846) among all AL pitchers this season, third in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.70), tied for fourth in wins, sixth in strikeouts and ninth in ERA.

Snell, considered one of the bigger All-Star snubs when rosters were first announced, is actually coming off one of his roughest outings of the season. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in three innings of a 5-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday, just the fourth time the left-hander allowed more than two runs in a game this year.

Snell is 12-5 and third in the AL with a 2.27 ERA. The 25-year-old is in his third major league season and has one more win this season than his first two seasons combined. His 134 strikeouts are also a career high.

The All-Star Game will be played at Nationals Park in Washington on Tuesday.

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