Sunday, July 12, 2009
Broxton out with toe injury
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MILWAUKEE -- Trevor Hoffman was supposed to take his sons fishing. Instead, they're all headed back to the All-Star Game.
The career saves leader was a late addition to the National League squad, joining Pittsburgh left-hander Zach Duke for the Tuesday night game. Duke replaces San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who took a line drive off his right arm Saturday night.
On the American League side, Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena will replace Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, elected by fans to start. His wife, Kelli, is seven months pregnant and has been in the hospital since Monday with complications.
Hoffman, in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will substitute for Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, who has an injured toe.
"You relish the opportunity," Hoffman said. "You don't know how often these come along."
The 41-year-old reliever said his sons -- Brody, Quinn and Wyatt -- didn't mind Dad's sudden change of All-Star break plans from fishing for three days in Wisconsin to a jam-packed trip to St. Louis.
"My kids are really excited. They've gotten older and been to quite a few, but they're starting to understand the dynamics that are part of it," Hoffman said. "It was a pretty easy sell."
Hoffman signed a $6 million, one-year contract with the Brewers after spending most of his career in San Diego. He was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA and had converted 20 of 22 save chances after securing career save No. 574 on Saturday night in a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.
It is Hoffman's seventh All-Star selection.
"I don't know if it's really sunk in yet," he said. "There's some satisfaction in knowing there hasn't been a drop-off."
Broxton was set to make his first appearance but has an irritated nerve on his right toe. He is 6-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 20 saves but has given up five runs in his past two appearances. The right-hander is expected to attend the festivities in St. Louis.
Broxton, who received a cortisone shot Saturday, said: "It's disappointing."
"It's just a game, and I wish I could play in it, but it's a situation where I need some days off," Broxton told reporters.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said the team noticed Broxton limping after he gave up two runs in Friday night's 12-8 extra innings win over the Brewers and "interrogated" him afterward.
"His mentality is, 'I'm not going to be a wimp, I'm going to go out and gut it out,'" Torre said. "We had a talk today about that, too. You have to be able to help your team when you do that. Even more important than that, you've got to make sure you don't hurt something else adjusting to doing something a little bit different."
Broxton missed Saturday's game in Milwaukee and will be seen by a doctor. Torre said Broxton is feeling pain on the side of the foot when he plants to throw but hopes he'll return after the break.
Duke, an All-Star for the first time, is 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA and three complete games. Pirates teammate Freddy Sanchez is also on the NL squad.
A Giants spokesman said X-rays on Cain's pitching arm showed no significant damage, and the injury was diagnosed as a bruise.
Also a first-time All-Star, Cain is 10-2 with a 2.38 ERA.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.