Rangers are the primary staff with 5 All-Star starters in 47 years

NEW YORK — Texas will become the first team in 47 years to have five position players starting in the All-Star Game after Adolis Garcia was included in the American League lineup by the Rangers on Friday as an injury substitute.

Garcia was named to the AL team along with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Carlos Estevez. They replace New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Cleveland Guardians seamer Emmanuel Clase.

On the NL side, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo was named as a replacement for Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson.

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Estevez and Perdomo are All-Stars for the first time.

Garcia joins Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager and third baseman Josh Jung in the AL lineup for Tuesday’s game in Seattle. The non-Rangers are Tampa Bay first baseman Yandy Díaz and outfielder Randy Arozarena, Angels designated hitters Shohei Ohtani and Hays.

The only other teams with five position players to start the All-Star Game were the 1939 Yankees and the 1956, 1957, and 1976 Cincinnati Reds.

Judge hasn’t played since he tore a ligament in his right big toe on June 3 when he crashed into a bullpen gate at Dodger Stadium while making a catch. Trout broke his left wrist on a pitch on Monday and underwent surgery on Wednesday.

Clase, who is tied in the major leagues with 42 appearances and fourth with 24 saves, has pulled out of the All-Star Game to spend time with his pregnant girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. He will remain with the Guardians until Sunday’s home series final against Kansas City.

Swanson is struggling with a bruised heel and has decided not to play in the All-Star Game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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