Cueto and Teheran are both starting on Sunday and Major League Baseball has a rule in place to protect pitchers, so they won’t allow pitchers who start on Sunday to pitch more than one inning, but in most cases they are held out of action out of respect to their MLB team.
Pitching on such short rest for an exhibition game is too much of a risk, so that is why Cueto and Teheran, who was added to the roster on Sunday following the Cubs trading of Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, will not represent their teams–at least on the mound.
.@Reds RHP Alfredo Simon and @Nationals RHP @TylerClippard replace Johnny Cueto and Julio Teheran on NL #ASG roster.
— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2014
He is the fifth player from the Cincinnati Reds to make the team, joining reliever Aroldis Chapman, third baseman Todd Frazier (who will also participate in the Home Run Derby) and catcher Devin Mesoraco.
The five players for the Reds is the most they have sent to the Midsummer Classic since they sent five in 1991.
Clippard, 29, is 6-2 with 19 holds, one save and sports a 2.03 ERA as one of the top set-up men in the National League.