PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino won't get to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but he's going anyway.

On Friday, the Phillies placed Victorino on the 15-day disabled list because of a thumb injury. The injury means that Victorino will not get to play in the All-Star Game next week in Phoenix.

Major League Baseball had announced Thursday that Victorino won the online fan vote for the final National League roster spot. Victorino also won the fans' vote for the final NL All-Star spot in 2009.

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In a story on the Phillies' website, Victorino said an MRI examination "showed a partial tear" in the thumb but that surgery was not necessary and that he expected to be activated on July 19 when the Phillies play the Cubs in Chicago.

Victorino said he will attend the All-Star game anyway, joining Phillies teammates Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Placido Polanco.

"I definitely want to go out there, put my Phillies uniform on and represent the Phillies at the All-Star game," he said on the website

Victorino sprained a ligament in his right thumb in a game last weekend at Toronto. He's hitting .303 with nine homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The move was made before the National League East-leading Phillies opened a three-game series against second-place Atlanta. The move is retroactive to July 4.

Pete Orr was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Victorino. He hit .230 in 26 games with the Phillies earlier this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was named Friday to replace Victorino on the NL All-Star roster.

Victorino won't be the only All-Star who sits out the game. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez also became All-Star scratches Friday, further threatening to turn baseball's big show into the All-Scar game.

Shortly after Jeter pulled himself Friday to rest an injured calf, his New York Yankees teammate joined him. The club announced Rodriguez would be absent because of a sore knee.

That made it three Yankees who won't play for the American League on Tuesday in Phoenix. Closer Mariano Rivera will sit out to heal his right triceps.

"Unfortunately, I won't be able to go," Jeter said before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay was rained out.

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes previously was excused because of a hamstring problem that put him on the disabled list.

Los Angeles Angels rookie closer Jordan Walden is replacing Rivera. More roster changes are expected, too, with some pitchers starting this weekend and other players nursing injuries.

Among those hoping to get in: St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols, who recovered much quicker than expected from a broken wrist.

Jeter was two hits away from 3,000 going into Friday night's game. The 12-time All-Star was elected by fans to start. Jeter came off the disabled list this week after recuperating from his calf problem.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was totally Jeter's decision to skip the All-Star game. Jeter talked it over with Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and trainer Gene Monahan.

"It's probably best not to push it because it's most important to be ready for the second half. That's where my focus has to be," Jeter said. "It's unfortunate because you know how much I enjoy going to All-Star games."

"I'm trying to be smart about it. I know I can be stubborn a lot of times with injuries," he said.

Rodriguez was getting an MRI for knee trouble that had seemingly sapped his power. The 14-time All-Star had been elected to start at third base.

Shortly before the decision was announced, Girardi said it was up to Rodriguez.

"Alex has to make that choice. Would the rest help him? Probably," Girardi said. "He's banged up, he's played a lot."

Ethier, who had a 30-game hitting streak earlier this season, finished second to Victorino in online fan voting for the last player added to the team. Victorino is on the disabled list because of a strained thumb ligament.

"Sometimes you default into things and it's a good thing to default into," said Ethier, who will be playing in his hometown of Phoenix. "It's an honor to get selected by an opposing manager."

Ethier, who started for the NL in last year's game, is hitting .313 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs.

His streak is the longest in baseball this season.

Ethier said some of his friends and family had purchased All-Star tickets anticipating he would make the NL team. After he lost the online fan vote, he said they asked for his help in selling the tickets.

"I'm not a broker," he said, smiling. "Hopefully, they didn't sell."

AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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