Bartolo Colon named to All-Star team; Josh Donaldson, Grant Balfour snubbed

The A’s had three players worthy of being selected to play in this year’s all-star game. But when the rosters were announced on Saturday only one made the cut.

Bartolo Colon with his 11-3 record (8-1 in his last nine outings) and at the ripe age of 40 was selected by manager Jim Leyland to be part of the AL staff. It’ll be Colon’s third ASG selection. It appears right now, however, he won’t be able to pitch in the game because he’s scheduled to pitch next Sunday for the A’s, which would make him ineligible to participate in the midsummer classic.

Josh Donaldson (.313/.381/.522, 14 homers, 55 RBI entering Saturday) fell victim to a crowded third baseman battle in the AL. Grant Balfour (22 saves) is the only per AL closer this season, but he also wasn’t among the pitchers chosen by Leyland. Neither Donaldson nor Balfour even made the cut for the final man vote determined by fans.

If Colon has to give up his spot, Balfour could be a potential replacement.

Here are the full rosters for both teams:

AL Starters
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Chris Davis, Orioles
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox

AL Pitchers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
LHP Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers
RHP Justin Masterson, Indians
LHP Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP Mariano Rivera, Yankees
RHP Bartolo Colon, Athletics
RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP Jesse Crain, White Sox
RHP Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins

AL Reserves
1B Prince Fielder, Tigers
OF Torii Hunter, Tigers
SS Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
OF Nelson Cruz, Rangers
UTIL Ben Zobrist, Rays
C Jason Castro, Astros
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
2B Jason Kipnis, Indians
3B Manny Machado, Orioles
C Salvador Perez, Royals

NL Starters
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Joey Votto, Reds
2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B David Wright, Mets
OF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

NL Pitchers
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
LHP Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
RHP Matt Harvey, Mets
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP Jose Fernandez, Marlins
LHP Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP Jeff Locke, Pirates
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants

NL Reserves
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
C Buster Posey, Giants
3B Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF Domonic Brown, Phillies
SS Everth Cabrera, Padres
2B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
1B Allen Craig, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
SS Jean Segura, Brewers
2B Marco Scutaro, Giants

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