Stephen Strasburg says he's not feeling snubbed.
The Washington Nationals rookie pitcher said Tuesday he understands why he was left off the All-Star team and that he isn’t ready for the midsummer classic yet.
“You look at the guys who are going to the All-Star Game and the years that they’ve had – and they’ve done that since opening day,” Strasburg said in his first comments since the All-Star selections were announced Sunday. “I haven’t been here since opening day. They deserve it. Hopefully, someday I’ll deserve it, too.”
Strasburg, 21, is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in six starts. He has 53 strikeouts and eight walks in 362/3 innings.
RIVERA PULLS OUT OF ALL-STAR GAME
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he won’t pitch in the All-Star game next week because of nagging injuries.
Rivera said he’s been “pitching hurt” with a sore left side and an injured right knee but expects to be available to pitch this week.
Rivera was picked for his 11th All-Star team on Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA this season. He has converted 19 of 21 save opportunities.
PENNY SETBACK ‘BIG NEGATIVE’
Cardinals right-hander Brad Penny was sent back to St. Louis on Tuesday after experiencing tightness in his injured right arm during a bullpen session.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said the setback was “a big negative. It is what it is but you can’t belabor it because it’s not good for the club.” Penny is 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts.
A male spectator fell from the second deck onto the field level seats while leaning to catch a foul ball at Rangers Ballpark during the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. The Rangers said the spectator was “able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics.” … Milwaukee placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and reinstated Doug Davis from the DL. Davis, on the disabled list since May 16 with inflammation of the lining around his heart, will start Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gallardo’s move was retroactive to Monday, one day after he was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time. Gallardo is 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA and 122 strikeouts. … J.A. Happ has to earn back his spot in the rotation. The Philadelphia Phillies activated the left-hander from the disabled list and sent him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Happ, a 12-game winner as a rookie last year, had been sidelined with a left forearm strain since April. … The Cincinnati Reds put right-hander Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms. …The Baltimore Orioles placed starter Kevin Millwood on the 15-day DL with forearm soreness. … Jorge De La Rosa is returning to the Colorado Rockies’ rotation, and Jhoulys Chacin is headed to the bullpen.