Sandberg touts Papelbon as #ASGWorthy
With no players among top vote-getters, Phils manager also pushes for Hamels, Harang and Galvis
CINCINNATI -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg knows exactly for whom he would cast his 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
During a pregame All-Star discussion Tuesday, Sandberg mentioned pitchers Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang as well as shortstop Freddy Galvis as Phillies who should be considered. But, Sandberg noted, Papelbon can make a particularly strong case.
"He has been our most consistent performer, day in and day out doing his job," Sandberg said. "You look at what he's done with those opportunities and the quality of them ... if you look at it that way, he's a strong candidate for us."
Papelbon has a 1.13 ERA in 24 games and was 12-for-12 in save opportunities entering Tuesday night's game against the Reds. Philadelphia's all-time saves leader has converted 28 of 29 chances since last July 24.
Closers on struggling teams must often battle an irregular workload. Sandberg said Papelbon has been a true professional about making sure that battle doesn't have an unfavorable outcome.
"He communicates that to us," Sandberg said. "There are times when he might sit five, six days depending on how the games go. He knows when he needs fine-tuning, when he needs an outing."
Papelbon came into Tuesday needing four saves to tie Rollie Fingers (341) for the No. 12 spot on the all-time list.
No Phillies player is among the highest vote-getters in MLB.com's third National League All-Star voting update.
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