Brett Gardner replaces injured Alex Gordon on AL All-Star team
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been named the injury replacement for Alex Gordon on the AL All-Star team.
NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been named to the AL All-Star team as an injury replacement for Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, MLB and the Yankees announced. Gordon suffered a severe groin strain Wednesday night.
Gardner, 31, was one of five players on the Final Vote ballot. He came into Thursday hitting .298/.378/.478 (136 OPS+) with nine home runs and 15 stolen bases in 2015. Gardner hit a home run Thursday afternoon and is now one of seven players with 10-plus homers and 15-plus steals so far this year.
"I never had a jersey with my name on the back," said Gardner after the game. He was a walk-on at the College of Charleston before being New York's third round pick in 2005. And, of course, the Yankees don't have names on the back of their jerseys.
Gordon suffered a Grade 2 groin strain running down a ball in left field Wednesday and is expected to miss eight weeks. Gordon was voted in as a starter by the fans and Adam Jones of the Orioles is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.
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