SEATTLE — Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano will replace Houston Astros starter Frumber Valdez on the American League roster for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Seattle.
American League manager Dusty Baker – of the Houston Astros – announced that Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees will not play in the All-Star Game two days after his Saturday start.
Valdez pitched six innings for Houston on Saturday.
Baker spoke with Valdez about the decision and explained his reasons before the game against Seattle in Houston. “I know it’s important, but our season is more important than the All-Star Game. It’s an honor to start, but if he keeps pitching like he’s been doing, he’ll be in there and he’ll have three or four opportunities in the future. Now we’ve got to take care of Framper.”
Romano joins an AL alternate team that includes two players from the host Seattle Mariners: center fielder Julio Rodriguez and pitcher Jorge Kirby. Dominican shortstop Vander Franco (Rays), Dominican closer Carlos Estevez (Angels), Venezuelan pitcher Pablo Lopez (Twins) and outfielder Kyle Tucker (Astros) were also cited.