The 2012 MLB All-Star Game lineup will likely be a bit different than in recent years. With a star-studded disabled list, many former All-Stars won't be able to join in the fun.
The following National League All-DL All-Star team would quite possibly have enough punch to beat the actual All-Stars this time around. While stars continue to fall around the league, fans continue to vote for guys who will not be able to play in the annual best-of-the-best matchup.
Continue on to see a list of the guys who, if not for injury, should have been getting ready to head to Kansas City.
Catcher was the most difficult position to fill from the disabled list. One-time All-Star Ramon Hernandez is the only injured player at position to have played in the Midsummer Classic before.
First base for the National League has a nice logjam of DL candidates.
Two of the league's best at the position could both be starters—if they were able to play, that is. Ryan Howard, three-time All-Star, and Lance Berkman, six-time All-Star, are both out of the lineup for now.
Berkman should return in July or August, following knee surgery in May. Howard is expected to return some time in July. Maybe.
He may make it back from his groin injury by the All-Star break, but he has stiff competition at his position this year; Rafael Furcal of the St. Louis Cardinals is only trailing him by 17,000 votes, as of yesterday.
He made great strides defensively and was still hitting .343 when a slam into a center field wall separated his shoulder and sent him packing to the DL. He may return before the All-Star break, but a lack of name recognition will likely keep him from making the start.
This pair of guys, two of the best in the business, are also best friends. They've combined for 11 All-Star appearances and either one of them would make a fantastic starter.
But both Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter will be riding the bench for some of 2012. A mid-July return to the game is the hopeful prognosis for Halladay, but the Cardinals have yet to release a timetable for Carpenter's return.