Toronto Blue Jays midfielder George Springer has decided to rest his right elbow and will be inactive for the 2022 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, it was announced Thursday.
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager will take Springers place on the US league list. It will be Seager’s third All-Star appearance after elections in 2016 and ’17 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Springer was in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. He has been dealing with elbow problems for much of the season and he got an MRI in late June. He hits .250 with 17 homeruns and 40 RBIs this season.
Seager hits .245 with 21 homeruns and 48 RBIs in his first season with Rangers. He signed a $ 325 million, 10-year contract with Texas in the low season that included a $ 100,000 bonus for All-Star selection.
Seager is the fourth addition to the All-Star list after San Francisco left-back Carlos Rodon, Boston designated hitter JD Martinez and Miami’s first baseman Garrett Cooper.
These three replaced Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who is injured, and Milwaukee closer to Josh Hader, who skips the game on July 19 at Dodger Stadium due to family responsibilities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.