New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has been added to the roster for the All-Star game.
Major League Baseball announced on Saturday that he will take the place of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman who is suffering from shoulder discomfort.
Originally, no Japanese player was selected for this year's game.
It will be Tanaka's second All-Star game. He took part in 2014, his first year in the United States.
Tanaka has started in 18 games so far this season, with a 5-5 record and an ERA of 3.86.
It was a surprise for Tanaka to be on the roster as he had told reporters on Friday that he intended to rest during the All-Star game break.
The 90th All-Star game will take place on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.