Milwaukee's Brandon Woodruff, one of the top pitchers in the National League this season, has been added to the roster for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Woodruff, a 26-year-old former Mississippi State standout from Wheeler, will replace teammate Josh Hader. The Brewers' closer has back stiffness and will sit out the game as a precaution.
A first-time All-Star, Woodruff is 10-3 with a 3.91 ERA. He shares the league lead in wins and is fifth in strikeouts (126).
Milwaukee will have a franchise-record five All-Stars for a second season in a row, with Woodruff joining starting right fielder Christian Yelich and reserves Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas along with Hader.
“I think Woody has been one of the best pitchers in the game this year,” said Grandal. “Everyone that he throws against tells me the same thing: ‘Thank God I don’t have to face this guy again.'"
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka and Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vázquez were also added to the rosters on Saturday as injury replacements.