Alvarez, Rodney added to All-Star rosters

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney are the newest additions to the All-Star rosters.

Alvarez will replace injured Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for Tuesday night's All-Star game at Target Field in Minnesota.

Zimmermann left Friday night's start against Philadelphia after 3 1-3 innings because of a right biceps injury. The roster change was announced Saturday.

Rodney will take the spot of Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Because of an illness, Price was pushed back in the Rays' rotation to start Sunday, making him ineligible for the game.

Alvarez, a first-time All-Star, is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and three shutouts in 19 starts. He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season.

"I'm happy. I'm excited to receive the news today," Alvarez said through a translator at Citi Field, where the Marlins played the New York Mets. "It's very emotional for me. ... At first when they announced the All-Star roster, I was a little bit disappointed."

The 24-year-old Alvarez has been Miami's top starter since 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez went down with a season-ending elbow injury in May.