The Braves will have five All-Star representatives for the second consecutive year. National League manager Bruce Bochy named relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel to the team to replace San Francisco’s Matt Cain, who started the Giants final game before the break Sunday night against the New York Mets.
Kimbrel, 23, set a Major League rookie record for saves prior to the All-Star Break with 28. He leads all MLB relief pitchers with 70 strikeouts and has not allowed a run in his last 14 appearances. Kimbrel’s 28 saves also lead the Majors.
He joins fellow pitchers Jair Jurrjens and Jonny Venters as first-time All-Stars representing the Braves in Tuesday’s game in Arizona. Third baseman Chipper Jones and catcher Brian McCann are the other Braves named to the National League team.