Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones has been placed on the 15-day DL with a torn meniscus and will miss the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Palanco will miss the 2011 All-Star game with a bulging disk in his back.
Scott Rolen replaced Chipper Jones as he came in third in the fan voting for third basemen.
In line as a first replacement should should have been Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez.
Ramirez started the season out slowly, but has posted a .300 BA, 15 HR, 50 RBI, and a .349 OBP. Ramirez hit a total of two home runs in April and May, but has compiled nine in his last 13 games.
Pablo Sandoval did miss a small chunk of the season with a broken wrist, but has bounced back tremendously. Sandoval is currently tied for second among all NL 3B with a .301 BA. He is also tied for fourth with eight home runs.
Sandoval missed a total of 41 games, but still has a very impressive stat line (48 GP186 AB .301 BA 8 HR 27 RBI 13 2B .342 OBP). Sandoval also is bringing a 20-game hitting streak to the table.
It helped Panda out a bit that Bruce Bochy is coaching the NL All-Star team and had the opportunity to choose Sandoval as a replacement.
Bochy has seen how well Panda has done for the Giants first hand, and has rewarded his slugger with an All-Star appearance.
Sandoval was ousted in 2009 in the Sprint Final Vote by Shane Victorino and this will be Panda's first All-Star game appearance.