Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland (2007 Chukar) was named a replacement Sunday for the MLB All-Star Game.
Holland and Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman were selected as replacements for Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander and Seattle pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who both started Sunday. Under baseball’s labor contract, pitchers who start the Sunday before the All-Star game may opt out of the All-Star Game.
Holland’s selection gives the Chukars two alums in the All-Star Game. Catcher Salvador Perez (2008-09 Chukar) previously earned a spot as a reserve.
His selection, along with Perez’s and Alex Gordon’s, also gives the Royals three representatives on the American League roster for the first time since 1988.
More substitutions are expected later today.