Pirates' Correia added to National League All-Star roster
Right-hander Kevin Correia was added to the National League All-Star roster this afternoon, giving the Pirates three players in the midseason game for the first time since 1990.
Correia replaces Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who started afternoon against Atlanta. Pitching today disqualified Hamels from being able to pitch Tuesday in the All-Star Game, as he would not have adequate rest between outings. Hamels' spot was to filled by the next-highest pitcher on the players' ballot, which is Correia.
"I'm excited," Correia said. "It's an opportunity that doesn't come around all that often."
Correia will join closer Joel Hanrahan, who was chosen via the players' ballot, and Andrew McCutchen, who last night was named a replacement for injured outfielder Ryan Braun.
Twenty-one years ago, the Pirates had three All-Star reps: Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds and Neal Heaton. In 1988, Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke and Bob Walk were named to the NL squad.
Anticipating getting an All-Star bid, Correia brought a packed suitcase to PNC Park today. He had planned on just hanging out in Pittsburgh if he had not been selected to the game.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had tabbed Correia to start the Pirates' game Friday in Houston, but rearranged the starting rotation earlier today. Jeff Karstens will pitch against the Astros on Friday, followed by Paul Maholm on Saturday and Correia on Sunday.
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