Jimenez named to NL All-Star team
DENVER – Players, managers and coaches have picked Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the National League All-Star team.
But Tulowitzki is sidelined with a fractured left wrist and will be unable to play in the July 13 All-Star game in Anaheim, Calif.
Meanwhile, Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo was left off the team, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will make it only by winning a fan vote for the final roster spot.
Jimenez is 14-1 with a 2.27 ERA. His ERA has risen from 1.15 in his past three starts, but he leads the majors in wins and ranks third in the National League in ERA and second in opponents batting average (.203).
Jimenez threw a no-hitter – the first in Rockies history – April 17 at Atlanta and has had scoreless streaks of 26 and 33 consecutive innings this season. Since Jimenez will make his final start Thursday or Friday, he is a candidate to start against the American League.
“Obviously, anyone would want to start a game like that,” said Jimenez, a first-time All-Star. “I’m just going to be happy for the opportunity to be there with all those great players.”
Jimenez and Tulowitzki met the media Sunday wearing “Vote for Cargo” T-shirts in honor of Gonzalez.
“I wish I was an outfielder and wasn’t able to play,” Tulowitzki said, “and he’d get the spot for me.”
Gonzalez is hitting .297 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and 12 stolen bases, leading the team in the latter three categories.
Fans will elect the final member of the NL team, choosing from among Gonzalez, San Diego closer Heath Bell, Atlanta closer Billy Wagner, Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.
Olivo is hitting .308 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. He leads major league catchers in slugging percentage (.540) and triples (5) and is tied for second in home runs and RBI. He has thrown out 18 of 37 runners attempting to steal. Olivo, who has never been an All-Star, said he expected to be chosen for this year’s game.
“In my mind, I thought I put the numbers (up) and (with) all my hustling and all my energy, I think I have (the credentials for) being there and playing in the All-Star Game,” Olivo said. “I don’t know what I can do to make the All-Star Game because I think I had enough to be there. But I know I’m an All-Star for my teammates, for my family. I’m an All-Star for a lot of people.”
Tulowitzki suffered a fractured left wrist June 17 when he was hit with a pitch thrown by Minnesota’s Alex Burnett. He is hitting a team-leading .306 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 62 games.
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