Minnesota's Justin Morneau has been out the last few days with a concussion, putting his status for the All-Star Game in doubt. Morneau was voted to be the starter at first base for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but considering he hasn't been able to get on the field for the Twins, it's looking more and more likely that he will have to miss the Midsummer Classic in Anaheim.â†µ
Should Morneau be out of the game because of his concussion, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera would presumably take over as the starting first baseman. Cabrera is the only other true first baseman on the AL roster, and many believe he should have been voted as the starter to begin with. He is having an MVP-like season, and although Morneau is also a great player, there's no doubt Cabrera deserves a starting spot.â†µ
Cabrera made it known before the voting closed that he wanted to start in the All-Star Game since he had never gotten a chance to in his four previous appearances. Although the voting did not give him that opportunity, it looks like Morneau's injury will. While I'm sure he would have rather been the starter from the very beginning, I doubt he will mind stepping in for an injured player if Morneau is in fact out of the game.â†µ
UPDATE: Justin Morneau is officially out of the All-Star Game and Miguel Cabrera is officially in the starting lineup.