TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pirates' Correia added to National League All-Star roster

Pirates/MLB Videos

Sunday, July 10, 2011
 

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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Burnett’s farewell tour wishlist has just 1 item: Pirates World Series
  2. Pirates notebook: Infield prospect Hanson used to playing elders
  3. Sawchik: Should McCutchen really get a huge salary bump?
  4. Ex-Brewers star Hart hopes to prove to Pirates he still can play
  5. Pirates notebook: Tabata rediscovering his power
  6. Rossi: Pirates better with Maz on scene
  7. Pirates willing to consider high salary to keep star McCutchen
  8. Lincoln tries to rejuvenate career in second stint with Pirates
  9. Pirates notebook: Mercer gains celebrity in Kang’s home country
  10. Pirates ready to prove they have best outfield in baseball
  11. Team interaction important to Pirates veteran pitcher Burnett