PHILADELPHIA -- With Jordan Zimmermann not playing in the All-Star Game, the Nationals will not have any representatives playing in Minnesota.
Closer Rafael Soriano, who was hoping Zimmermann's replacement would come from within the clubhouse, had said that if he were invited, he would turn it down to visit his mother in the Dominican Republic. He can't wait to have her home cooking, which includes goat, chicken and soup.
"I'll go home [on Sunday] to see my mom. I'll spend a couple of days with her, throw a bullpen over there, come back and be ready for the second half of the season," Soriano said.
Soriano said he should have been considered when the National League team was put together last Sunday. After all, he is having one of the best seasons of his 13-year big league career. Entering Saturday's action, Soriano had a 1.00 ERA and 21 saves.
However, Soriano had hoped that some other members of the Nationals would go to the All-Star Game in Zimmermann's place. Soriano said Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Anthony Rendon in particular should be considered. But it was not to be, as Major League Baseball on Saturday announced that Zimmermann would be replaced by Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.