Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn will replace Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on the National League All-Star team. Desmond has been prescribed rest for a strained left oblique. Bourn, who also played in the 2010 All-Star game in Anaheim, finished second in the NL Final Vote to David Freese. "It feels good; it's just a different scenario for me," Bourn said. "Things happen in different ways some times. I thank God for it. It's always an honor to be an All-Star and a blessing to be around the kind of caliber of players you get to be around." Bourn is hitting .310 with seven homers and 32 RBIs this season. Phillies: Howard out of lineup on Saturday
One day after making his season debut, first baseman Ryan Howard missed Saturday's game, as scheduled. Howard is expected to play on Sunday. "I came back for Day 3," he joked. "No, I feel normal. I feel good."
Atlanta catcher Brian McCann will experience his first All-Star break since 2005, the year he made his Major League debut.