CHICAGO — In all likelihood, his trip to Washington, D.C., would have been as a spectator.
As the Sunday starter for the Cubs in their first-half finale against the Padres, Jon Lester was unlikely to see any time in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park. It’s for that reason Lester now will miss the game entirely.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced Lester will be replaced on the National League roster by Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke. Lester has been selected to the All-Star game five times and did so this season after a strong start to 2018 for the Cubs. He’s 11-2 in 18 starts this season with a 2.45 ERA with 81 strikeouts compared to 38 walks.
He hasn’t lost a start since May 23rd — and that was a 1-0 loss to the Indians in Cleveland. Since the beginning of that month, Lester is 9-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
Lester’s teammates Javier Báez and Willson Contreras will start the game for the National League at second base and catcher, respectively.