For the first time in the last five years, Clayton Kershaw was not named to the National League All-Star team.
Until he was.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace was officially added to the NL team on Sunday as a replacement for Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, who is pitching on Sunday and would be unavailable to pitch on Tuesday.
This is Kershaw’s fifth time being named an All-Star, all in the last five years, and makes it five Dodgers in the game for the first time since 1995. He joins Yasmani Grandal (1st), Joc Pederson (1st), Adrian Gonzalez (5th) and Zack Greinke (3rd).
While the left-hander began the year below his own standards, he’s caught fire of late and currently sits at 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA and a league-leading 160 strikeouts. He was not originally named an All-Star and was a part of the MLB Final Vote, where he finished third behind Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals and Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers have a busy week at the All-Star festivities, as they have two participants (Juan Gonzalez and Kyle Farmer) in the Futures Game on Sunday, Pederson in the Home Run Derby on Monday and five players in the game on Tuesday.