And By “Two All-Stars”, We Meant “Four All-Stars”

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Rafael Furcal would replace Jose Reyes, Dylan Hernandez reports some more good news:

Hong-Chih Kuo replaces Jason Hayward on NL All-Star roster

Sort of. Atlanta closer Billy Wagner was actually named as Heyward’s replacement, but declined in order to rest his ailing left ankle. Still, it’s a stunning turnaround for Kuo, who nearly retired after four arm surgeries and having to deal with his hand turning purple last year, but one that’s well-deserved. The fact that he’ll have to pitch rather than rest doesn’t even bother me, because he hasn’t pitched since last Sunday anyway, and even if he gets into today’s game he’ll still have Monday and Wednesday off regardless.

Congrats, Hong-Chih. It’s about time the rest of baseball recognizes this amazing story.

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