In a move that's almost as meaningless as an All-Star nod itself, the disabled Jon Lester was named to the American League All-Star team roster today, when Felix Hernandez pitched for Seattle, thereby making him ineligible to pitch on Tuesday.
Lester, of course, won't be able to pitch in the game since he's on the disabled list, so Toronto's Ricky Romero will take his place.
It's the second consecutive All-Star selection for the Red Sox' ace southpaw, who is 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in his 18 starts on the season.
Lester will attend the All-Star Game with full honors and will be introduced before the Midsummer Classic, but will watch the game from the dugout or some posh suite, or maybe even from the pool at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The final roster will be firmed out tomorrow, and at this point, it's looking like the odds on John Lackey or any other starter with a pulse joining former teammate Jered Weaver are pretty good.