PHOENIX - Baseball could field an All-Star team just from the players who will be missing from Tuesday's game.
''He's been battling a toe problem that's been exacerbated the last couple of days, so going into the break, we wanted to make sure he would not aggravate (it) any more by pitching on Tuesday,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We really haven't decided if he'll pitch Friday or Saturday.
The Yankees' CC Sabathia, the Rays' James Shields, the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander, the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels all were knocked out because of their starts. Sabathia had been bypassed when rosters were announced a week ago, but replaced Shields when the Tampa Bay pitcher appeared Sunday.
Added as All-Stars Sunday were the Yankees' David Robertson, the Texas Rangers' Alexi Ogando, the Seattle Mariners' Michael Pineda, the Toronto Blue Jays' Ricky Romero, the Arizona Diamonbacks' Miguel Montero and the Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Correia.
Boston's Jon Lester had been in line to replace Hernandez and became an All-Star on Sunday, but he will miss the game because of a strained back muscle that landed him on the disabled list.
Fifteen All-Stars won't appear in the game, including 12 of the 68 originally chosen. The missing include the Yankees' trio of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera. Rodriguez will have right knee surgery today and be sidelined four to six weeks.
''I was just going to go to Connecticut with the wife, maybe go fishing,'' Robertson said. ''I'm just happy to go.''
Sabathia didn't fret over not going to Phoenix with his pinstriped mates.
''I've seen these guys every day since February. I'll see them on Thursday,'' he said.