Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon was among the players added to the National League squad for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star game to be played Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York.
Melancon and several others were added to the two All-Star squads to replace injured players and pitchers who had started games for their teams on Sunday. Among the players replaced was Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke, who was scratched from a scheduled Sunday start due to tightness in his back. Locke will join the All-Stars in New York, but will not play on Tuesday. He is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ rotation next Sunday.
Melancon is 2-1 with an 0.81 ERA in 45 appearances, primarily as a set-up man to Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli, also selected as an All-Star along with teammates Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez.