Like the United States team, the World roster for the Futures Game also went through several changes from the time it was announced a couple of weeks ago.
The first change came almost before the rosters were ever announced, with Max Ramirez making an extended stay in the major leagues with the Rangers. He has been replaced with catcher Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, who opened the season with high Class A San Jose but was promoted to Double-A Connecticut in June. He’s batting a combined .342/.392/.566 between the two stops with 14 home runs.
More recently, the Yankees got another participant in the game when the Diamondbacks promoted Emilio Bonifacio to the big leagues, knocking him out of the Futures Game. Shorstop Ramiro Pena will take his place. Pena, 23, is batting .273/.337/.370 for Double-A Trenton.
On the pitching staff, the Cardinals called up Jaime Garcia just days before the game, so he was replaced by righthander Fernando Salas, a fellow Cardinals farmhand. Salas has been the closer at Double-A Springfield this season and has 15 saves in 39 appearances, with a 3.62 ERA.
In addition, because of a sore arm righthander Phillippe Aumont will not be able to pitch in the Futures Game. He will still attend the event but won’t play. The sore arm will also keep Aumont from pitching for Team Canada in the Olympics.
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