Braun added to NL’s starting outfield
Note: Major League Baseball just confirmed to the Brewers that Braun will start. I’ve updated my earlier blog post.
Ryan Braun is an All-Star Game starter, after all.
After falling just short in fan balloting, Braun was added to the NL’s starting outfield on Tuesday when the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp pulled out of the event because of a hamstring injury. Colleague Mark Bowman reported first that the Braves’ Chipper Jones had taken Kemp’s spot on the roster, meaning Braun would take Kemp’s spot in the starting lineup.
Braun got the nod by rule, as the top vote-getter on the player ballot who was not voted to the starting lineup by fans.
Major League Baseball confirmed Braun’s “promotion” only minutes after Braun belted a three-run home run in Tuesday’s game against the Marlins at Miller Park
Braun was voted to the starting lineup in each of the previous four seasons, but missed the 2011 game because of a leg injury. He already is the only player in Brewers history to start three All-Star Games; now he is poised for a fourth.
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