Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is an All-Star Game starter, after all.
After falling just short in fan balloting, Braun was added to the National League's starting outfield on Tuesday when the Dodgers' Matt Kemp pulled out of the event with a hamstring injury. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took Kemp's spot on the roster, and Braun took Kemp's spot in the starting lineup.
Braun got the nod by rule, as the top vote-getter on the player ballot who was not voted to the starting lineup by fans.
A Brewers spokesperson said Major League Baseball confirmed Braun's "promotion," occurring just minutes after Braun belted a three-run home run in Tuesday's game against the Marlins at Miller Park. Braun leads the NL with 23 homers this season.
Before this year, Braun had been voted to the starting lineup in each of the previous four seasons, though he missed the 2011 game because of a leg injury. He already is the only player in Brewers history to start three All-Star Games; now he is poised for a fourth.
Read more- Ryan Braun to start in outfield for NL All-Star team | MLB.com: News