Blake Snell added to AL All-Star roster to replace Corey Kluber
Blake Snell is an All-Star after all. The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday joyfully announced the news on Twitter.
We already knew he was an All-Star, but now it’s official.
Congrats, @snellzilla11! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/5xpYNIQ2gi
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 13, 2018
Considered one of the bigger snubs in some time, the Rays pitcher will be added to the American League’s All-Star roster after Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber was forced to drop out due to injury.
The Indians on Friday announced the news that Kluber has received an injection in his right knee that has been impacting his mechanics. As a result, Kluber will surrender his All-Star roster spot.
Corey Kluber received an injection in his right knee & will be inactive for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Corey will be out 7 days, but this treatment will enable him to be ready for the 2nd half.
His next scheduled start will be July 23 vs. PIT.
He’ll be replaced by TB’s B. Snell. pic.twitter.com/jx0C2Z5BJ5
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 13, 2018
Snell is among the top pitchers in baseball so far this season. A short start after a rain delay Thursday night against the Minnesota Twins in which he surrendered three earned runs in only three innings somewhat dampened his overall dominant numbers. That said, Snell nevertheless boasts a 12-5 record (tied for second in MLB in victories) and a 2.27 ERA (good for seventh in the league) while limiting batters to a .189 average (fifth in baseball).
Suffice to say, a perceived wrong has been righted. While it’s unfortunate it required an injury to a top-notch pitcher to happen, Snell will be in D.C. for the All-Star Game, as he arguably should have been in the first place.