Pedro, Glavine still All-Stars -- for now
But injury, schedule leaves their roster spots in question
HOUSTON -- Phil Garner is ready to make an All-Star roster move should any of his current National League pitchers or players drop out, but as of Thursday, he had not received word from any club that would prompt him to make changes.
But that doesn't mean tweaks won't be necessary. Rumblings are on-going in New York that Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez will not pitch in the All-Star game because of health reasons, and rumor has it left-hander Tom Glavine, a favorite to start the game, will also bow out because of his schedule.
Glavine is slated to pitch on Sunday, which means he may not be ready to take the mound again just two days later in the Midsummer Classic.
A logical choice to replace one of the current All-Stars is Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt, whose numbers are equal to or better than several All-Stars but was not selected by his skipper. Oswalt threw a complete game on Wednesday, his last start before the break, and would be fresh if needed next Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Garner can't do anything until he hears word from the Mets, or any other team for that matter. So far, his phone isn't ringing.
"I talked to [Mets manager] Willie [Randolph] a couple days ago," Garner said during a conference call with the national media, along with American League skipper Ozzie Guillen, on Thursday. "I do not have official word yet on either player. My intention was to wait until the end of the week to see what their status is."
Four starting pitchers are scheduled to pitch on Sunday -- Glavine, Jason Schmidt, Bronson Arroyo and Chris Carpenter. It's customary for starters to throw "bullpen" side sessions two days later, so it's possible that all four could be available to throw an inning during the All-Star Game without risking their health.
Martinez, however, has an inflamed right hip that has been an issue since he slipped in the clubhouse during a May 26 game at Florida. He missed his start Monday, and his status is undetermined for Saturday.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.