Zack Greinke is headed to Washington for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard next Tuesday.
The D-backs ace announced in the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field on Thursday that he will be the replacement for Jonathan Lester on the National League team. The Cubs left-hander was bumped up to start Sunday in San Diego, meaning he will not be available to pitch in the Midsummer Classic.
This is the fifth All-Star nod for Greinke, and his second since coming to the D-backs. The 15-year veteran and winner of the 2009 American League Cy Young Award started for the NL squad in the 2015 All-Star Game, when he was with the Dodgers.
Greinke is 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA across 19 starts this season. He's been particularly strong since May 5, going 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.
Greinke will join Paul Goldschmidt, who is going to his club-record sixth Midsummer Classic, and Patrick Corbin, who has been selected for the second time. This marks the first time in franchise history that the D-backs have had at least three representatives in the All-Star Game in consecutive years. Greinke, Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Robbie Ray were All-Stars in 2017.
Greinke is one of five D-backs pitchers to be named to the NL All-Star team multiple times, joining Randy Johnson (5), Brandon Webb (3), Dan Haren (2) and Curt Schilling (2). Greinke is the first D-backs pitcher to make consecutive appearances in the Midsummer Classic since Haren in 2008-09.
While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.
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