The D-backs ace Zack Greinke announced in the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field on Thursday that he will be the replacement for Jon Lester on the National League team. The Cubs left-hander was bumped up to start Sunday in San Diego, meaning he will not be available to pitch in the Midsummer Classic.
As the fifth All-Star accomplishment for Greinke, this particular fulfillment complements his second since coming to the D-backs. The 15-year veteran and winner of the 2009 American League Cy Young Award started for the NL squad in the 2015 All-Star Game, when he was with the Dodgers.
Greinke is 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA across 19 starts this season. He has been particularly strong since May 5, going 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.
Greinke will join Paul Goldschmidt, who is going to his club-record sixth Midsummer Classic, and Patrick Corbin, who has been selected for the second time.
Notably, this marks the first time in franchise history that the D-backs have had at least three representatives in the All-Star Game in consecutive years. Greinke, Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Robbie Ray were All-Stars in 2017.
Greinke is one of five D-backs pitchers to be named to the NL All-Star team multiple times, joining Randy Johnson (5), Brandon Webb (3), Dan Haren (2) and Curt Schilling (2). Greinke is the first D-backs pitcher to make consecutive appearances in the Midsummer Classic since Haren in 2008-09.
The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.
This year, FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.