ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena will replace Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the American League roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game.

Pedroia’s wife, Kelli, is seven months pregnant and has been in the hospital since Monday with complications.

“I am disappointed that I will not be able to enjoy the amazing experience with the other All-Stars, especially with my Red Sox teammates, but it is important that I put my family first at this time,” Pedroia said in a statement Sunday.

Pena leads the AL with 24 homers and will take part in the home run derby leading up to the game in St. Louis.

Pena was added to the squad by AL manager Joe Maddon of the Rays. The decision means all four of Tampa Bay’s starting infielders will be on the team.

Maddon said Toronto’s Aaron Hill will start at second base in place of Pedroia.


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