07/08/12 7:30 PM ET
Blister forces Wilson to sit out All-Star Game
By Joe McIntyre / MLB.com
Wilson, who was selected to his second All-Star game, will be recognized as an All-Star with full honors and still plans to attend the festivities in Kansas City. He is being replaced on the roster by Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
"I'm excited to be an All-Star. It's really an honor," Wilson said. "I feel like it's cool that they named Jake because obviously he's a very good starter, as well. That's the hardest thing every year that you have guys like [teammate Ernesto Frieri] that get left off the team. Obviously the dude put up a zero ERA for an entire half, that's pretty good."
In 18 starts this season, Wilson is 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA in his first season with the Angels. He has struck out 88 while walking 49. This isn't the left-hander's first blister problem this season.
"Against Toronto [on July 1], my [middle-finger] fingernail snapped in half during the third inning, so I've been trying to work that back together. Then [Friday] during the Orioles game, my index fingernail snapped," Wilson said. "You're always twisting around the ball trying to find a spot where you can hold it that's not going to create friction or a blister. The problem with my repertoire is everything moves a lot, so it's hard enough to control as it is."
Wilson isn't expected to miss any time in the Angels' rotation, as he'll have at least seven days' rest before the Angels open the second half at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
"I think if he were to throw in the All-Star Game, it could push him back a little bit," manager Mike Scioscia said, "but he should be OK for whenever he's going to get slotted in the Yankees series."
Peavy, now a three-time All-Star, is 7-5 on the season with a 2.85 ERA in 17 starts. He has 108 strikeouts and 26 walks in 120 innings pitched.
The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.