Morton added to AL All-Star roster

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston right-hander Charlie Morton was added to the American League All-Star workforce on Friday, giving the Astros a significant league-leading six gamers in subsequent week’s recreation.

Morton joins fellow starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on the squad, which additionally options Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, outfielder George Springer and third baseman Alex Bregman. Manager A.J. Hinch is managing the AL workforce.

It’s the primary profession choice for the 34-year-old Morton, who’s in his 11th main league season. He’s 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 19 begins this 12 months.

“It’s kind of surreal I’ve been playing a long time … I’ve never even been to a minor league All-Star game,” Morton mentioned.

Morton mentioned he spent a while his numbers this 12 months and evaluating them to what he’d executed within the first half in years previous. He was stunned to see that this was by far the perfect first half of his profession. It was then that he acquired a bit down about not being named to the workforce when it was introduced on Sunday.

“This is probably the best I’ve pitched,” he mentioned. “It could be the best I’ll ever pitch. That could have been my one shot this year and that’s where the disappointment came in when I found out I didn’t make the team initially.”

Hinch was thrilled to be the one to name Morton on Friday morning to ship the excellent news.

“It has to mean a little bit more to him,” Hinch mentioned. “This guy has gone through just about everything from the peaks and valleys of what the game can give you. He’s gone through performance, injury, change of scenery with teams … signs here and has a tremendous impact here, gets the 27th out in the World Series … and now he’s an All-Star.”

Morton, who has additionally performed for the Braves, Pirates and Phillies, is notoriously low-key, however insisted that he was very excited in regards to the honor.

“It wasn’t that I felt like I should have been there or anything like that, it was just more like the clock’s ticking,” he mentioned of not being named to the workforce at first. “So for (Hinch) to call me and give me the news, that’s exciting for me because it’s something for myself and my career I can look back and say that I was an All-Star.”

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