Washington wants Wilson in AL's 'pen

Washington wants Wilson in AL's 'pen

Washington wants Wilson in AL's 'pen
ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington will not announce the American League's starting pitcher for the All-Star Game until Monday, and his choices are dwindling. If Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday for their teams, they will not be able to pitch in the game.

That would eliminate two prime candidates for the starting assignment. C.J. Wilson, who pitches on Friday night, would be a good candidate -- except Washington wants him in the bullpen because of his past experience as a reliever.

Jered Weaver of the Angels is Wilson's choice to be the starter.

"He has the most wins and the lowest ERA," Wilson said. "Let's run him out there for 100 pitches, and get him all tired out."

Wilson knows he is going to be in the bullpen, but has long dreamed of being the American League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

"I would be super stoked if that were the case, but it's not my call," Wilson said. "Who wouldn't want a chance to start an All-Star Game."