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“Turning Japanese” Edition of Dispatches

From Rotoworld:

Baseball officials announced John Maine will replace Johan Santana on the MLB All-Star team heading to Japan.  With injuries to Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez, Maine proved to be one of the Mets most reliable pitchers down the stretch. He went 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in three postseason starts.

Clay Hensley has been added to the roster of MLB All-Stars who will head to Japan next month for an exhibition series. That gives the Padres two starters on the team as Chris Young had already signed on.

Brandon Webb will probably not be permitted to go to Japan with the team of major league players because of Arizona’s concerns over his workload.  Major league baseball recently asked the Diamondbacks to make Webb available for next month’s exhibition series in Japan, but after he pitched in a career-high 235 innings — the second-highest total in the majors — the club will wisely err on the side of caution. “We’ll probably decline the invitation. To crank it back up this time of year is a little too much to risk. We haven’t finalized it, but that’s the way we’re leaning,” GM Josh Byrnes said.