SEATTLE — Add Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager to the list of American League All-Stars.
Seager was selected Monday as a replacement for Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who won’t be able to play in the July 15 game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Blue Jays placed Encarnacion on the disabled list Monday because of a strained right quadriceps muscle.
A four-year veteran, Seager, 26, is making his first All-Star appearance. He is batting .274 and leads the Mariners with 13 homers and 59 RBIs.
Seager joins two Mariners teammates on the 34-member AL roster. Second baseman Robinson Cano was voted by the fans into the starting lineup for the fifth straight year (but his first as a Mariner). Right-hander Felix Hernandez was elected through the players’ vote and is an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.
The Mariners remain hopeful that closer Fernando Rodney, who leads the AL in saves, will also be added later this week as further openings become available through injuries, etc.