Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada calls for a pop fly during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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July 06, 2016

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada has gone on the disabled list because of a sore lower back and will not play in the All-Star Game.

Estrada, who left Saturday's start after five innings because of back pain, still intends to travel to San Diego and participate in All-Star festivities. The first-time All-Star was put on the DL, a move retroactive Sunday.

''My worst nightmare came true, unfortunately,'' Estrada said Wednesday. ''In the long run, this is the right thing to do.''

Estrada, a 33-year-old right-hander, is 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 16 starts.

AL manager Ned Yost of Kansas City will select a replacement. Among the candidates is Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez, who is 9-1 with a 2.94 ERA. Toronto manager John Gibbons spoke with Yost to put in a good word.

''He's definitely an All-Star-caliber-type pitcher,'' Yost said. ''There's three or four other guys, too. We'll get together as a staff and make a determination.''

Right-hander Drew Hutchison will start in place of Estrada against Detroit on Thursday. Toronto recalled righty Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Estrada first dealt with a sore back in spring training and aggravated the injury swinging a bat during an interleague start at Philadelphia. Gibbons said Estrada won't pitch again until July 22 against Seattle, after an interleague series at Arizona.

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