For the first time in a decade, the All-Star game might go on without a healthy Vladimir Guerrero.
The All-Star selections will be revealed today, with Josh Hamilton, Manny Ramirez and Ichiro Suzuki expected to be announced as the American League starting outfielders. Guerrero has been voted into the starting lineup in each of his previous four seasons with the Angels.
His fellow players could select him as a reserve, but he does not rank among league leaders in any major offensive category. His .288 batting average would be the lowest of his career at the All-Star break and his 47 runs batted in would be the lowest for any full season since 1999, according to STATS LLC.
Guerrero, 32, said he would like to be selected but would not say whether he would be disappointed if he were not.
“We’ve got a lot of pitchers that are good -- [Ervin] Santana, Frankie [Rodriguez], [Joe] Saunders,” he said.
Guerrero has played in the All-Star game every year since 1999 with the exception of 2003, when he was on the disabled list because of a back injury.
With Kelvim Escobar facing the possibility of season-ending surgery, the Angels are interested in acquiring a swingman who could help as a long reliever or as a starter if necessary.
The Angels are satisfied with their rotation and are not believed to be interested in Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia, but they are concerned about their depth should one of their starters get injured.
Shane Loux, 28, who made seven starts for the Detroit Tigers in 2002 and 2003, might be the top triple-A option at the moment. Loux is 10-4 with a 4.29 earned-run average at Salt Lake, better than prospects Nick Adenhart (5-8, 5.34) and Nick Green (4-4, 5.01) and last year’s swingman, Dustin Moseley (4-5, 6.02).
Escobar, who was examined Saturday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, is expected to try one more time to pitch without pain before considering shoulder surgery.
“I don’t have anything to lose to wait another week and play catch and see what happens,” he said.
More trade talk
The Dodgers are trying to trade for a shortstop, but they do not appear focused on David Eckstein. The Toronto Blue Jays, in last place in the American League East, are no longer playing Eckstein every day and are believed to be interested in trading him.
Eckstein, 33, would not discuss whether he wished to be traded.
“My main focus is on showing up every day and trying to help this team win,” Eckstein said Saturday before the Angels played Toronto.
The Angels invited Leo “Bobo” Henderson, their selection in last month’s honorary draft of living Negro League players, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The entire team gathered behind the mound as owner Arte Moreno, General Manager Tony Reagins and Manager Mike Scioscia escorted Henderson from the dugout.
Henderson wore a Kansas City Monarchs jersey. After he threw out the first pitch, Moreno presented him with an Angels jersey.