Freddie Freeman and his jammed thumb paved the way for San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to select his Atlanta Braves teammate Brian McCann to take his place on the National League All-Star team.
The selection is McCann's seventh All-Star Game in his eight years in the Major Leagues. Since missing the first month of the season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, he has put up a .290 average and 12 homers in 53 games.
McCann has been especially hot the last couple of weeks, hitting .410 with five of his homers in his last 16 games.
The last All-Star Game McCann appeared in was in 2011, which he started. He won the MVP in 2010, when he drove in all of the NL's runs on a three-run double in a 3-1 win.
Freeman jammed his thumb in the first inning of Saturday's game and sat out the Braves' loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
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