Three players have been added to Tuesday's All-Star Game as replacements, MLB announced Friday.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy was added to the National League roster, while Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber and Oakland Athletics reliever Liam Hendriks both joined the American League squad.
All three players will be making their first career All-Star Game appearances.
Muncy, who emerged from obscurity last season to become a critical player for the Dodgers, has continued his climb to stardom during the first half of 2019. The 28-year-old enters Friday's action hitting .276/.379/.543 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs, and 49 walks through 86 games this year, while playing three different infield positions.
The 24-year-old Bieber has become a rock in an Indians rotation that's been decimated by injuries this season. He leads the team's starters with a 3.54 ERA and 1.05 WHIP to go along with 133 strikeouts and one shutout through 104 1/3 innings.
Hendriks' All-Star nod completes a remarkable turnaround for the 30-year-old Australian, who had been designated for assignment by Oakland last June. Since then, he's returned to the A's and become a dominant force in the bullpen, sporting a sparkling 1.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while averaging 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings over 40 appearances this year.
When discounting his two "starts" as an opener, Hendriks owns a 0.96 ERA and is allowing just 0.19 homers per nine innings to lead all big-league relievers.