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McCann to replace injured Freeman at All-Star Game

Braves catcher Brian McCann celebrates his solo home run in the second inning of a game against the Diamondbacks this season.

Braves catcher Brian McCann celebrates his solo home run in the second inning of a game against the Diamondbacks this season.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will not play in Tuesday's All-Star Game because of a jammed left thumb.

Freeman will be replaced by teammate, catcher Brian McCann, MLB announced Sunday. It is the Duluth grad's seventh All-Star selection.

Freeman injured the thumb Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds when he caught a throw from shortstop Andrelton Simmons that was in the path of Reds baserunner Chris Heisey. Freeman jammed his thumb while tagging Heisey.

Freeman stayed in the game and wore a soft splint on his left hand. He did not play Sunday's game.

Freeman beat out Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the final fan vote. He will make the trip to New York, however, for the All-Star Game.

"It's unfortunate that Freddie can't play," said McCann. "He's carried us all year."

McCann, 29, is batting .291 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI heading into Sunday. He was the MVP of the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif. He joins Freeman and closer Craig Kimbrel as the Braves' representatives.