07/08/2004 11:28 PM ET
Two additions to ASG rosters
Lo Duca, Vazquez now in Midsummer Classic
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
|Paul Lo Duca and Javier Vazquez were added to the 2004 All-Star rosters. (Getty Images)
HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball announced two All-Star roster changes due to injuries on Thursday, one in the American League and one in the National League.
Reds first baseman Sean Casey, sidelined with a upper right-calf strain, will be replaced by Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca.
Yankees right-hander Javier Vazquez will take the place of Athletics right-hander Tim Hudson, who is out with a strained oblique muscle.
"I'm honored. It's nice to go to my first All-Star Game," Vazquez said. "It's going to be a great feeling for me, to be around those guys that have been All-Stars so many times."
Boston's Pedro Martinez was the first name after Hudson on the list, but he informed the league that he had already made plans and would prefer to skip the event. Vazquez, who followed Martinez on the players' ballot, was more than happy to rearrange his schedule.
"They told me today, it was just too late," Martinez said on Thursday night. "I would have loved to do it, but I had already made plans. I would have loved to go."
"Pedro was the next one on the list, but he asked not to go, because by the time he was asked, he had already made plans for the break," American League skipper Joe Torre said. "Right under Pedro was Javy."
Vazquez is the eighth Yankee to make the American League All-Star team.
"It's going to be fun being with them," Vazquez said. "I know I'm not going to be alone in the clubhouse with a lot of strangers."
Vazquez, 27, is 9-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 17 starts this season, his first in the American League. The right-hander ranks sixth in the league in wins, seventh in ERA, fifth in opponents' batting average (.234) and 10th in strikeouts (86).
Lo Duca is batting .308 (89-for-289) with 14 doubles, one triple, six homers and 35 RBIs through July 7. National League manager Jack McKeon said Lo Duca would provide more depth behind the plate.
"We decided we didn't want to get caught short at catcher," said McKeon. "Piazza has played a lot of first base, so we wanted to add another catcher and Paul has had a very good year."
"I'm excited. I'm not going to lie to you," said Lo Duca. "To be in the same clubhouse with Barry, Griffey Jr., Sosa. The 500 home run club. I'll take it all in."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. Ian Browne, Mark Feinsand and Ken Gurnick, reporters for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.