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Bartolo Colon replaces Madison Bumgarner for All-Star Game

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The Sports Xchange
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon walks to the dug out after the 4th inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York City on July 7, 2016. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon walks to the dug out after the 4th inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York City on July 7, 2016. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is an All-Star at the age of 43.

Colon was named to the National League All-Star squad on Friday by Mets and National League manager Terry Collins as a replacement for San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who is unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star Game because he will pitch Sunday.

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Colon, who celebrated his 43rd birthday in May, becomes the oldest All-Star since Mariano Rivera in 2013, when Rivera was age 43 years, seven months.

Colon is not likely to bat in the All-Star Game, but if he does, he would be the oldest player to hit in an All-Star Game since Carlton Fisk in 1991, when Fisk was age 43 years, six months.

This season Colon is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts). He has struck out 65 and walked 17 in 98 2/3 innings.

This will be the fourth All-Star Game appearance for Colon, who made it three times while in the American League.

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