Andrew McCutchen's exclusion from the 2011 MLB All-Star Game had been one of the biggest head-scratchers when the rosters were released. When Shane Victorino pulled out of the game, many expected McCutchen to be the replacement, though it didn't happen as Andre Ethier was named to the National League team. Finally, after Ryan Braun pulled out of the game on Saturday, McCutchen was given his due and named to the NL roster as a replacement.
Braun had been the NL's top vote-getter, but after talking it over with Milwaukee Brewers manager Doug Melvin, he decided to sit the All-Star Game out. Because he was named a starter, Braun would have had to play three innings, instead of playing a small portion of the game as a reserve.
Braun has been dealing with a strained left calf for a week.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he had a discussion with Braun and trainer Roger Caplinger to reach the decision. Braun was disappointed he had to pull out after being the NL's top vote-getter, but didn't want to risk aggravating the injury.
Braun will still head to the All-Star Game to take in the festivities. McCutchen was given a prolonged standing ovation in Pittsburgh on Saturday night after the crowd was told he'd been named to the NL roster.
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