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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke will now have to clear his schedule for All-Star weekend.

On Thursday, Greinke learned he is replacing Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester on the National League’s All-Star roster.

Lester had to give up the spot because he will be starting the Sunday before All-Star week, which means he won’t be available to pitch during the game.

Greinke, who has a 3.39 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 114 innings this season, will be an All-Star for the fifth time in his career. This is the second time the 34-year-old has made it in consecutive years.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection