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Leyland pondering Darvish's All-Star replacement

Leyland pondering Darvish's All-Star replacement

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Leyland pondering Darvish's All-Star replacement

DETROIT -- American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland said he was relaxed and basically home free after turning in his picks for the roster Saturday morning.

However, it's never as easy as it sounds.


The Texas Rangers are placing All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle in his right shoulder.

"When I came in, I had a message from [Rangers manager] Ron Washington that Darvish was on the disabled list," Leyland said after Wednesday's 8-5 victory over the White Sox. "Since it's a pitcher, it'll be my pick, and I'll just have to go back to my laptop and what do you call it, the iPad, and go to work."

According to MLB rules, if a position player is injured, he is replaced by the player who finished with the highest amount of votes on the players' ballot. But if a pitcher is injured, Leyland has his choice of a replacement.

"I'm sure they're going to want it pretty quick but at the same time, you've got to give me a chance to do some more homework," Leyland said. "I know kind of the order we have them, so it won't be too hard, but I'll get the iPad out."

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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