As had been anticipated might happen, Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager was named to the American League All-Star Team today to replace the injured Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto.
Encarnacion, who has 26 home runs for the Blue Jays, was placed on the disabled list today with a right quadriceps strain.
That opened the door for Seager, who at age 26 will make his first All-Star game appearance in his fourth Major League season. Seager is hitting .274 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 21 doubles.
Seager’s addition means there will be at least three Mariners in the All-Star Game — second baseman Robinson Cano was voted in as a starter and pitcher Felix Hernandez was named to the team on Sunday.
It’s the first time Seattle has had at least three All-Stars since 2011, when Hernandez and fellow pitchers Michael Pineda and Brandon League were all selected.
Prior to that, the last time it happened was 2003, when Seattle had five players named (Ichiro, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer, Shigetosi Hasegawa and Bret Boone).
Seattle has not had two position players make it since 2006, when second baseman Jose Lopez and Ichiro were each selected.
Seattle currently is tied for the fourth-best record in the American League at 48-40 and as of today would qualify for the playoffs as the second wildcard.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Minnesota’s Target Field next Tuesday.