Tampa Bay second baseman Brandon Lowe was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a bruised right shin and will not play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was named to replace Lowe, who was added to the All-Star team Wednesday.
“I just can’t be a nonfactor,” said Lowe, who is using crutches. “Waking up the first night was tough. But came in, got treatment a few times and feel a lot better.”
Lowe, hitting .276 with a team-best 16 homers and 49 RBIs, is hopeful of returning right after the All-Star break. He took the spot of Angels infielder Tommy La Stella as an injury replacement and still plans to attend the All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Torres, who entered Thursday hitting .298 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs, was named an All-Star last season but couldn’t play because of a right hip injury.
“Super excited,” Torres said. “It’s a dream coming true to play in the All-Star Game. I can’t wait to go to Cleveland and play for the first time.”
Sterling to rest: John Sterling, the longtime voice of the Yankees on the radio, is getting four days off. They began Thursday, his 81st birthday. Sterling had worked 5,060 straight Yankees games since 1989.
Injury report: Among the players landing on the IL were Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett (lat strain), Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones (lower back strain) and pitcher Victor Alcantara (oral surgery), and Philadelphia reliever Juan Nicasio (groin strain). … Miami left-hander Caleb Smith (left hip inflammation) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start Saturday after missing 25 games. … Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, sidelined since spring training by right shoulder inflammation and then a lat strain, is a week away from throwing, manager Aaron Boone said.
Briefly: First baseman Logan Morrison opted out of his Triple-A deal with the Yankees and became a free agent. … The Rangers released right-hander Shelby Miller, who had an 8.59 ERA in 44 innings.
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