Freddie Freeman broke the record for most votes received in the Final Vote on Thursday, but the Atlanta Braves announced via braves.com that the first baseman will not play in the 2013 All-Star Game due to a jammed thumb in Saturday's win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Though he won't play in the All-Star Game at Citi Field, Freeman will still make the trip to New York; he just won't be able to play.
Freeman's thumb was jammed in the first inning when a throw pulled him off the bag, forcing him to tag out Chris Heisey. Freeman stayed in the game and wore a batting glove underneath his first baseman's glove, but he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
"I have to look out for the best interests of this team, so I have to be able to play in the second half. If I can't play in the All-Star Game, it's far better off to be able to play in the second half," Freeman said.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will pick Freeman's replacement.
Freeman was wearing a splint on his thumb as a precautionary measure on Sunday. He will be re-evaluated Thursday before the Braves fly to Chicago.
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