Kyle Seager named to AL All-Star team as Encarnacion's replacement

Kyle Seager is headed to the All-Star Game in place of Edwin Encarnacion.
Kyle Seager is headed to the All-Star Game in place of Edwin Encarnacion. (USATSI)

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With the Blue Jays having placed Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day disabled list, he's now ineligible to play in the All-Star Game, despite having been named to the team Sunday night. So the American League needed to name a replacement, and it has in the form of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

Seager, 26, is hitting .274/.347/.483 (135 OPS+) with 21 doubles, 13 homers, 59 RBI and 36 runs for the 48-40 Mariners. He's an excellent defender, too, so this is a very solid addition by the AL.

This will be the first All-Star Game for Seager, who joins Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano to give the Mariners three All-Star representatives. Surprisingly, it hasn't been that long since they sent three. In 2011, they were represented by Hernandez, Michael Pineda and Brandon League.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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