Rangers' Corey Seager to Replace George Springer on 2022 MLB All-Star Game Roster

Doric SamJuly 14, 2022

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 09: Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) blasts a homerun in the game between the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins on July 9, 2022 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX (Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager is an All-Star for the third time in his career.

MLB announced Thursday that Seager was added to the American League roster to replace Toronto Blue Jays center fielder George Springer, who will be inactive for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported that Springer will use the All-Star break to rest. He exited a game June 21 after experiencing right elbow discomfort.

Seager is in his first season with the Rangers after spending the first seven years of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He earned All-Star selections in 2016 and 2017 and helped lead the Dodgers to a World Series title in 2020, earning Fall Classic MVP honors. He was also the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year.

Texas signed Seager to a 10-year, $325 million deal after last season. In 84 games this season, the 28-year-old is slashing .245/.321/.467 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI. He has the most home runs by a Rangers shortstop before the All-Star break since Alex Rodriguez in 2003.

Seager was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .500 (11-for-22) with a 1.601 OPS and four home runs last week. It was the second time in his career that he earned Player of the Week honors; the previous instance came in 2019.

Despite Seager's success at the plate, the Rangers were 41-45 entering Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners, which marks the start of their last series before the All-Star break.