M. Carpenter designated as NL team’s “re-entry” player

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Matt Carpenter brought all of his different gloves to Citi Field for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, knowing that he could be used at any number of positions. When he arrived at the field, he also learned that he would be given a special All-Star designation.

Back in 2010, Major League Baseball made a rule change that allows each All-Star manager to designate a position player to be eligible for re-entry to the game if the last remaining position player at any position gets injured. On Tuesday, National League manager Bruce Bochy told Carpenter he would be that player.

It’s unlikely that the rule would need to be exercised, but Carpenter fit best in that role because of his versatility. While he’s played almost exclusively at second base this season, he can handle first, third and the corner outfield spots without issue.

Before 2010, the only re-entry allowance was if a catcher was injured. There never was a situation in which that happened.

Bochy also informed Carpenter that he would enter the game as a second baseman in the middle innings, replacing starter Brandon Phillips.

“I was real happy to hear that he had me penciled in there to come in after Brandon is done in the game,” Carpenter said shortly before the NL took batting practice. “It is cool. I’m excited about it.”

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