Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves steals second base ahead of the tag of Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
There's been a roster swap for Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Then this happened:
Bourn was named to NL all-star team replacing Ian Desmond who has strained oblique— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 7, 2012
What's strange about this announcement is that Desmond is in the lineup for the Nationals Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, in a game against the Colorado Rockies. And in that game, he has homered (his 16th; he leads all major-league shortstops in home runs) and singled. The oblique injury must not be all that serious.
Michael Bourn, who finished second in the National League All-Star final vote that concluded on Thursday, is having a fine season for the Braves, hitting .305/.360/.448 with seven home runs and 23 stolen bases.