LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson 's first All-Star Game experience should be even more memorable now, as the Dodgers center fielder will be in the starting lineup for the National League after Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was officially ruled out of the game.
Holliday, voted to start in the National League outfield by the fans alongside Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton, has been sidelined over a month with a right quadriceps strain, having last played on June 8. Stanton is also out, with a hamate bone fracture in his left wrist.
Picking replacement starters first falls to the player vote. The players had Harper first, then Stanton second among National League outfielders, with Andrew McCutchen third and Pederson fourth. McCutchen will replace Stanton in he starting lineup and Pederson will replace Holliday.
Pederson is the first Dodgers rookie position player to start an All-Star Game. He is one of just six Dodgers rookies to be named to the midsummer classic, but the other two starters — Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Hideo Nomo (1995) — were pitchers.
Pederson is hitting .230/.366/.486 with 20 home runs and 58 walks in 88 games this season, though he's in a 9-for-62 slump (.145/.254/.242) in his last 18 games.
Ryan Braun was named to the NL roster to take Holliday's spot.
The 2015 MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, with television coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT on Fox