Hanson, Kimbrel await word on potential All-Star selection

PHILADELPHIA – Tommy Hanson and Craig Kimbrel had to wait until Sunday night to find out if either was selected to replace the Giants’ Matt Cain on the National League All-Star roster.

Cain was pitching Sunday night in San Francisco in an 8 p.m. eastern start in the ESPN game. By virtue of the fact that he was scheduled to pitch on Sunday, it was clear he’d be ineligible for the All-Star game on Tuesday.

But manager Bruce Bochy had to wait until Cain actually pitched to release his choice for a replacement, in case of rain or some other unforeseen reason why Cain might not pitch.

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels was in a similar situation Sunday afternoon, but Major League Baseball could announce his replacement shortly after the Phillies-Braves game started at 1:39 p.m.

Hamels was replaced by Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia because Correia was next highest vote-getter on the player ballot and Hamels was a players’ choice. Cain was a manager’s pick.

While Hanson and Kimbrel were expected to fly back to Atlanta with the team Sunday evening, the Braves three remaining All-Star selections were headed to Phoenix on a commercial flight from Philadelphia.

It was an especially exciting time for first-time picks Jair Jurrjens and Jonny Venters, who join six-time All-Star Brian McCann. Chipper Jones is staying in Atlanta to recuperate from Saturday’s arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with my family,” Venters said. “Getting to go through this with them is special. And I’m looking forward to the guys, getting to hang around all of those guys. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I’m excited about that.”

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Rowsdower

July 10th, 2011
4:19 pm

Bochy is an embarrassment. He’ll probably pick Sergio Romo…

ted william's head

July 10th, 2011
4:23 pm

dont expect anything from tht jerk Bochy

Steve

July 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

Remarkable

July 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

Kimbrel is the logical pick. So that means he probably won’t be picked.

Brave New World

July 10th, 2011
4:39 pm

Lincecum at 7-7 has no business being an all-star this year.

Remarkable

July 10th, 2011
4:39 pm

It’s also obvious that we need an outfielder who can hit and steal bases. We’ve got about 20 days to trade for one.

Brave New World

July 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

BTW, Bochy should not be criticized for being loyal to his team. Also, Bochy earned a lot of respect for the class he and The Giants showed paying homage to Bobby Cox as he managed his last game.

Martin

July 10th, 2011
4:47 pm

I bet Bochy picks Barry Zito or the injured Jonathan Sanchez

UGAFAN13

July 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

Is it just me or do Gerrin and Proctor both look lost when they pitch. Geez this is a real embrassing loss today! The Phillies have not been hitting. Guess our guys thought they were pitching BP today! D. Lowe is doing his normally yearly disappearing act…pitch well for a couple of games and then stink the place up. Since we obvisouly can’t get rid of Lowe we need to do the things we can. That means cutting Proctor and sending Gerrin back to the minors. Let’s bring Christain back as well as Minor. Both can pitch from the pen and if need be we can use Minor for spot starts! I hope Prado is plugged in the 2 hole when he returns and we can drop Gonzo to the bottom of the order.

UGAFAN13

July 10th, 2011
4:55 pm

P.S. If Bochy doesn’t pick Kimbrel he needs his head examined!

Joseph

July 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

Bochy should pick Kimbrel. The kid simply deserves it period. That said I would rather see Hanson get the call tonight. Kimbrel will be well served having 5 days off to rest. Just hope that he isn’t too rusty come Friday. Tough loss. Uggla with a nice 6 game hitting streak now. Hope he can keep it going after the break and be the production everybody thought he would be.

kreedham

July 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

When might Medlen and Moylan be back! Staff, pretty good now, automatically gets better!

South ga boy in the atl

July 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

Lowe is a ridiculous waste of money based on what he gives the team vs what he cost. He is most definitely Wrens worst decision. I know he has won some games in 2 1/2 yrs but his ERA has always been high and he’s always gotten good run support (imagine that). It’s proof positive that emotional and reactive decisions are usually the wrong ones. Wren panicked because he, mistakenly, thought the Braves needed to spend big free agent money to get a No. 1 starter rather than go completely with the young guns and assume that JJ was our ace (which is how it turned out anyway, regardless of Lowe being on the staff or not). Wren didn’t get A J, who went to the Yankees, so Wren panicked and over spent 20% of the Braves limited payroll on a guy who is currently our 5th best starter. I know Wren also blew it with KK, but at least that was only 25 mil for 3 yrs, not 60 mil for 4 like Lowe. I don’t know why GM’s put way too much value (false value a lot of the time) in veteran free agent pitchers rather than going with the young pitchers who have far more talent. Talent will win out more times than not in all sports, even MLB. I hope and pray Wren will try and package Lowe, and one of the talented starters at Gwinnett for a RH POWER HITTING CORNER OUTFIELDER this coming offseason thereby making up for wasting 85 mil on Lowe and Kawikami.

Maximus Decimus Meridus

July 10th, 2011
5:13 pm

The Proctologist entered the game Friday night: You all knew it was over. We’d pick him apart.

Howard drops the pop-foul in extra innings last night: We all knew it was over. You wouldn’t miss the chance.

Today? I’m not sure when the “its over” moment was. For what its worth, this Phils Phan has tremendous respect for your team and your fans. Hang in there, its a lonnng ride to October.

Falcorave

July 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

honestly we should give up lowe for the first prospect we’ve even heard of and even take on a little of his salary. put minor in the rotation, and release proctor. team automatically upgraded

Milt Famey

July 10th, 2011
5:15 pm

Johnny, if you keep pitching like you have the last 2 years, it shouldn’t be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for you.

Packer Ed

July 10th, 2011
5:55 pm

Mr. Wren, just one more exceptional right hand bat, please. May we win now?

MikeY

July 10th, 2011
6:00 pm

I agree, we need a RH bat. I like Schafer and Delgado for Kemp.

But why oh why will Fredi not start some RH bats vs tough lefties? Ross and Ramirez should have been in the lineup today. And maybe even Conrad at 1B, wasn’t that part of the plan?

Rowsdower

July 10th, 2011
6:45 pm

Today’s its over moment came when Lowe started. Can’t trade him, so we just have to survive his starts.

I can definitely criticize Bochy for being loyal to his team. The All-Star game isn’t about last year. It’s about this year and his pitchers don’t deserve it over Tommy Hanson.

Homer

July 10th, 2011
7:10 pm

You guys have a short memory. Remember what Lowe did last August and Sept. He will be alright as the season goes. I would have liked to have seen the RH bat in LF today and Conrad at third base.

jonathan

July 10th, 2011
7:25 pm

If people paid attention they would know lugo was hitting over 500 with 2 homers against hamels

mpimentel

July 10th, 2011
7:56 pm

hey prospect aren´t … at least yet… a real deal, pick one of those(with cross fingers), and add mcLouth in a pack for SOMEBODDY who can HIT HARD….

Jon

July 10th, 2011
8:56 pm

Hanson and probably Jordan Zimmermann, too, should be on the roster over some of the others. It’s probably a little more difficult to take a closer and a setup man from the same team, than two starters.

Whatever Bochy decides to do, it’s scary how good the Braves pitching is… and even if someone were to go down injured, you’ve got Minor and Teheran in the minors.

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