Yankees News: Masahiro Tanaka Replaces Injured Marcus Stroman in All-Star Game

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 6, 2019

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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An injury to Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has opened the door for Masahiro Tanaka to play in the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. 

The New York Yankees announced Saturday that Tanaka has been named to the American League squad for Tuesday's event from Progressive Field in Cleveland

Stroman was scratched from his start against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday with a cramped left pectoral that forced him out of his previous appearance on June 29 after four innings. 

Tanaka didn't seem like he was expecting to play in the Midsummer Classic this year. 

"I think [my reaction] was similar to how everybody else ... reacted," Tanaka told reporters after the announcement. "Pretty surprised. This time around, I get to actually go there and be part of the celebration, so all in all, I'm very happy about it."

Tanaka has a 3.86 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 105 innings pitched over 18 starts. This will be the right-hander's second career All-Star appearance and first since his rookie season in 2014. He didn't appear in the game five years ago because of an elbow injury. 

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