McCann added to NL’s All-Star roster
Braves catcher Brian McCann received a nice surprise late Sunday afternoon when Major League Baseball announced he would replace his teammate Freddie Freeman on this year’s National League All-Star roster.
This is the seventh career All-Star selection for McCann, who entered Sunday hitting .291 with 12 home runs and a .910 OPS. His addition to the NL roster came when Freeman was deemed unavailable because of a left thumb injury he suffered in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Reds.
When given a chance to replace Freeman, NL manager Bruce Bochy chose McCann because he wanted to carry a third catcher on his roster. Buster Posey will start the game and Yadier Molina were the only two catchers originally selected. Molina has recently been bothered by inflammation in his right knee.