Giancarlo Stanton is no longer alone.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez was named to the National League All-Star roster on Saturday afternoon. Alvarez will replace Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman, who left his start on Friday night with pain in his biceps.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com was among the first to report the news.
Alvarez has posted a 6-4 record and 2.63 ERA to complement a 3.34 FIP in 120 innings pitched. Alvarez, who is a first time All-Star, struggled in his start against the Mets on Friday night but has been the Marlins' most consistent starting pitcher since Jose Fernandez went down with season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Alvarez, acquired from Toronto in the November fire sale trade, has been a solid addition to the Marlins' rotation. In his last start of 2013, he pitched a no-hitter against Detroit, and has given Manager Mike Redmond extended outings when the bullpen has been taxed in the nights prior.
With Alvarez starting against the Mets Friday, he should be available to throw on Tuesday night in Minnesota.
The addition of Alvarez comes days after third baseman Casey McGehee did not make the squad after he was placed on the Final Ballot.
Alvarez has been consistent and durable for much of the first half, and it is notable that he was not overlooked despite the Marlins heading into the break below five hundred.