NEW YORK — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game with back spasms, joining Bryce Harper on the bench and depriving himself of a great show with two of the best players of the moment.
Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman was added Sunday as the 14th replacement player, bringing the host team to six representatives, tying the New York Yankees for the most players in contributing teams.
Trout, a three-time AL MVP, hasn’t played since Tuesday and was scratched from the Angels’ lineup against the Dodgers on Saturday night.
Trout, 30, who was selected to start for the ninth time, was replaced on the AL roster on Sunday by Seattle’s Ty France for Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium.
Harper, a two-time NL MVP, is a seven-time All-Star and was selected as the starter for the sixth time. He broke his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch from Blake Snell on June 25.
Minnesota’s Byron Buxton will replace Trout in the AL starting lineup.
These losses are in addition to the cases of Justin Verlander of Houston, Gerrit Cole of the Yankees and Max Fried of Atlanta who will not be active for the All-Star Game after starts over the weekend. Milwaukee pitcher Corbin Burnes retired Sunday along with New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte.
Chicago White Sox relievers Liam Hendriks, Toronto’s Jordan Romano and Milwaukee’s Devin Williams were tapped as replacements, along with Freeman and St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas.
Mikolas receives a $50,000 selection bonus, Hendriks $15,000 and Romano $10,000.
About a fifth of the players have been substituted from the original 33-player rosters 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, designated hitter JD Boston’s Martinez, Atlanta’s third baseman Austin Riley and Texas shortstop Corey Seager were among the previous additions.
Second baseman Jose Altuve of Houston, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez of the Astros, third baseman Nolan Arenado of St. Louis, second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. of Miami, closer Josh Hader of Milwaukee, Harper and outfielder George Springer of Toronto are among those who have withdrawn, most of them due to injuries.
Altuve was replaced in the starting lineup by Andres Gimenez of Cleveland, Chisholm by Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets, Harper by William Contreras of Atlanta and Trout by Byron Buxton of Minnesota.
After being added, Rodón was ruled out due to a broken fingernail and a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Four of the 18 starters have been replaced: Altuve for Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez, Chisholm for the New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil, Harper for Atlanta’s William Contreras and Trout for Buxton.
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Freeman to the All-Star Game roster; trout is low