However, with the American League carrying three DH’s (David Ortiz, who received the fan’s vote, and Adam Dunn, who received the players’ vote), Butler could be one of those bench players saved for possible extra innings.
Plus, he is a first-timer. If the manager (Ron Washington) has his choice between a veteran of the ASG and a newbie, the newbie is usually left picking splinters.
Just ask Royals reliever Aaron Crow, who was a first-timer last year and the Royals lone representative, but did not pitch. Or former closer Mike MacDougal in 2003.
The last time a Royals representative played in the ASG was back in 2009 when Zack Greinke pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Stay tuned Tuesday night to FOX to see if Butler breaks the streak of no Royals‘ playing in the ASG.