Trout joins Harper on the All-Star sideline, 6 players added

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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks reacts after knocking out Nolan Jones of the Cleveland Guardians in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Cleveland. The White Sox won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game with back spasms, joining Bryce Harper on the sidelines and robbing two of baseball’s most famous players from the showcase.

Dodgers star first baseman Freddie Freeman was added as the 14th substitute on Sunday, giving the host Dodgers six stars to tie the New York Yankees for the most part.

Trout, the three-time American League MVP, hasn’t played since Tuesday and was dropped from the Los Angeles Angels roster against the Dodgers on Saturday night.

Trout was replaced on the AL roster on Sunday by Seattle player Ty France for Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium.

Trout, 30, was named an All-Star 10 times and was voted in for the ninth time. He finished second to Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in voting among AL outfielders, with 39%.

Harper, a two-time NL MVP, is a seven-time All-Star selected to start for the sixth time. He broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25.

Minnesota’s Byron Buxton will replace Trout in the AL starting lineup.

Houston’s Justin Verlander, Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and Atlanta’s Max Fried were removed from active rosters on Sunday after starting the weekend. Milwaukee pitcher Corbin Burnes dropped out Sunday with New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte.

Chicago White Sox relievers Liam Hendriks, Toronto’s Jordan Romano and Milwaukee’s Devin Williams were selected as backups along with Freeman and St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas.

Mikolas gets a bonus of $50,000 for his selection, Hendriks $15,000 and Romano $10,000.

About a fifth of the rosters have changed since the original 33-man squads were announced on July 6-8.

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson, Miami first baseman Garrett Cooper, San Diego infielder Jake Cronenworth, San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodón, Toronto infielder Santiago Espinal, batter Boston designated JD Martinez, Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley and Texas shortstop Corey Seager were among the previous additions.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado, Miami Jazz second baseman Chisholm Jr., Milwaukee closest Josh Hader, Harper and the Toronto outfielder George Springer was among those who dropped out, mostly due to injury.

After being added, Rodón was later dropped due to a cracked fingernail and a blister in the middle finger of his throwing hand.

Four of the 18 starters were replaced: Altuve by Andrés Giménez of Cleveland, Chisholm by Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets, Harper by William Contreras of Atlanta and Trout by Buxton.

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