Dodgers’ Joc Pederson upgraded to starter for All-Star game
Joc Pederson has a busy week ahead of him. And it just got a little busier.
Right after Sunday’s game against the Brewers, he’ll fly out to Cincinnati, where he’ll take part in Monday’s home run derby.
Then, on Tuesday, he’ll take part in the All-Star game as a rookie. Except, due to an injury to the fan-voted starter Matt Holliday, he’ll be the one representing the National League in center field. He is the first ever Dodgers rookie to start an All-Star game.
Pederson leads all NL center fielders in home runs, is third in slugging percentage and fifth in RBIs. In the field, he is tied for fourth in the NL in assists.
Pederson is the fifth Dodgers outfielder to start in the All-Star game in the past six seasons.
Clayton Kershaw also received All-Star news Sunday, making the squad in place of Max Scherzer. His addition means the Dodgers will have five All-Stars for the first time since 1995.
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