National League manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy will start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis in place of injured fan vote winner Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.
Molina is on the disabled list and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a torn ligament in his right thumb, which he injured while sliding into third base in a game Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lucroy, who finished second in the fan voting, had been named to the team as a reserve in voting by the players.
Molina will be replaced on the roster by Miguel Montero of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lucroy is hitting .323/.391/.506 in 85 games and 368 plate appearances through Thursday’s games. He also has 31 doubles, nine homers and 44 RBI and has struck out only 42 times. He is fifth in the National League with 4.3 wins above replacement.
This is Lucroy’s first All-Star Game selection. For Gomez, it is his second straight and his first as a starter. Ramirez is now a three-time All-Star and is making his second start, but this is his first All-Star Game since 2008. He was a starter while playing for the Chicago Cubs in 2005.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez is also going to Minneapolis to represent the Brewers, making his fifth All-Star appearance, but his first since 2009, when he was with the New York Mets.