TORONTO -- Roberto Osuna was planning on going home for the upcoming All-Star break, but a wrench was thrown into his plans on Friday afternoon when he was named a replacement for the American League All-Star team.The 22-year-old Blue Jays closer is headed to his first Midsummer Classic after being
TORONTO -- Roberto Osuna was planning on going home for the upcoming All-Star break, but a wrench was thrown into his plans on Friday afternoon when he was named a replacement for the American League All-Star team.
The 22-year-old Blue Jays closer is headed to his first Midsummer Classic after being named one of seven injury replacements for Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Miami.
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Osuna entered Friday 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA and 22 saves in 37 appearances this season.
"I wasn't expecting anything," Osuna said prior to his Blue Jays facing the Astros on Friday. "I was actually going home on Sunday, so change the plans and go to the All-Star Game, it's pretty fun.
"Me and my whole family are really excited about it. It's a big accomplishment, so go out there and enjoy it."
It has been a tale of two seasons for the native of Juan Jose Rios, Sinaloa, Mexico. Osuna had three blown saves in four opportunities to open the season, but he has converted 21 consecutive opportunities since.
"It's all part of the game; we all got ups and downs," said Osuna. "I made some adjustments. Everything is going in the perfect way right now. Hopefully we can continue to be consistent like this and win more games."
Osuna will be joined by fellow first-time All-Star Justin Smoak as the Blue Jays' representatives in Miami.
"I was paying attention at the beginning, and then when I saw the list and I wasn't there, I just forget about everything else and I was just thinking about going home and having a good time with my family," said Osuna. "It means a lot for me, especially since I dreamed about it when I was younger, and obviously have the pleasure to be in the All-star Game now, it means everything to me."
"Well deserved," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "I think it'll be a good opportunity for him, let the world look at him. I anticipate he'll have a few of those appearances before it's all said and done, but he's got to be thrilled."
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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Blue Jays on Friday.