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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.

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.

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.