While everyone at Citi Field is waiting out a rain delay Sunday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the National League roster for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, and two New York Mets players, shortstop Jose Reyes and outfielder Carlos Beltran, made the cut. Reyes was named the starting shortstop, while Beltran is a reserve outfielder.
Unfortunately, Mets fans may not get to see Reyes play July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ because of a hamstring injury he suffered Saturday night in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Reyes, who leads the majors with a .354 batting average, is schedule to undergo an MRI Sunday. Last year, the 28-year old missed the All-Star Game with a right oblique injury. This will be Reyes' fourth All-Star selection, second has a starter.
Beltran, who's hitting .281 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 81 games, will be making his sixth All-Star Game appearance. Beltran has worn the Mets uniform in five All-Star Game, the second-most for a New York outfielder (Darryl Strawberry had seven).
Courtesy of SB Nation's baseball homepage, here's the NL's starting lineup:
Starters: Brian McCann (C, Atlanta Braves), Prince Fielder, (1B, Milwaukee Brewers), Rickie Weeks (2B), Jose Reyes (SS, New York Mets), Placido Polanco (3B, Philadelphia Phillies), Ryan Braun (OF, Milwaukee Brewers), Lance Berkman (OF, St. Louis Cardinals) and Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Here's the NL's reserves and pitchers:
Position Players: Justin Upton (OF, Arizona Diamondbacks), Chipper Jones (3B, Atlanta Braves), Starlin Castro (SS, Chicago Cubs), Brandon Phillips (2B, Cincinnati Reds), Jay Bruce (OF, Cincinnati Reds), Joey Votto (1B, Cincinnati Reds), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Colorado Rockies), Gaby Sanchez (1B, Florida Marlins), Hunter Pence (OF, Houston Astros), Carlos Beltran (OF, New York Mets), Matt Holliday (OF, St. Louis Cardinals), Yadier Molina (C, St. Louis Cardinals).
Pitchers: Jonny Venters (RP, Atlanta Braves), Clayton Kershaw (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers), Cole Hamels (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Jair Jurrjens (SP, Atlanta Braves), Joel Hanrahan (RP, Pittsburgh Pirates), Heath Bell (RP, San Diego Padres), Matt Cain (SP, San Francisco Giants), Roy Halladay (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tim Lincecum (SP, San Francisco Giants), Brian Wilson (RP, San Francisco Giants), Ryan Vogelsong (SP, San Francisco Giants), Cliff Lee (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tyler Clippard (RP, Washington Nationals).
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