Ethier replaces Victorino on NL All-Star roster

Ethier replaces Victorino on NL All-Star roster

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who finished second to Shane Victorino in this week's All-Star Game Final Vote, will replace the injured Victorino at next week's Midsummer Classic in his Phoenix hometown.

It will be the second consecutive All-Star Game for Ethier, who was voted onto the starting lineup last year. The Phillies' Victorino was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb on Friday, and Ethier was chosen as the replacement by Giants and National League manager Bruce Bochy.

"I get to put on the Dodgers uniform and follow the path of All-Stars of the past from the Dodgers," Ethier said. "It's an honor to get selected by an opposing manager you play in the division a lot."


Ethier joins teammates Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw on this year's NL All-Star team. Kemp was voted into the starting lineup by fans and Kershaw was selected in balloting of players. The 2011 All-Star Game will be played at Chase Field on Tuesday.

"I'm excited to go there and watch two teammates and some of the better players," Ethier said. "Monday night, I'll cheer on Matty [in the Home Run Derby]."

The last time the Dodgers had two outfielders in the same All-Star Game was 1991 (Darryl Strawberry and Brett Butler). Ethier is the first Dodgers outfielder to make back-to-back All-Star teams since Gary Sheffield in '99-2000. The last Dodgers outfielder to make more consecutive All-Star teams was Duke Snider with seven (1950-1956).

Ethier learned of his selection Friday morning, but only after he frustrated Dodgers officials by not answering his phone.

"I was playing Wiffle ball with the kids in the backyard and got texts, and my wife got texts, and I kept pushing ignore because it was an intense game, a difficult count, and we were squaring up the ball pretty well," joked Ethier, who finally took a call from manager Don Mattingly.

Ethier has the Major Leagues' longest hitting streak this year at 30 games, the second-longest in Los Angeles Dodgers franchise history, and has been among the league leaders in batting average, although his power is down from last year.

He is batting .313 through 87 games this season with 23 doubles, seven home runs, 42 RBIs and 43 runs scored. 

Ethier finished second to Victorino for the NL Final Vote roster spot that was announced Thursday, which also was Ethier Bobblehead Night, and thanked the Dodgers publicity department for getting out the vote.

"It's flattering, humbling and kind of embarrassing to have that many root for you," said Ethier. "At the same time, you see the fans give all their support. The thing is, you see all the bad stuff, but there's a lot of support for the team."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.