The two-time all-star's father will throw to him in Monday's contest in New York.
Should lesser-known AL relievers really have a place in the MLB All-Star game?
The right-hander will not pitch in his first all-star game because of neck soreness that has lingered for over a month. He still plans to attend the game with family.
Strasburg would be a strong candidate to replace his teammate if Zimmermann can't pitch with a sore neck.
Ian Desmond lost out to Freddie Freeman and finished fourth in the Final Vote.
Jordan Zimmermann's place on the all-star team underscores his ascension to the game's top tier of starting pitchers.
A late bump in fan voting makes the outfielder the youngest player ever to start for the National League, and the Nationals' first two-time selection.
Fresh off the disabled list, Harper trails Justin Upton by 15,00 votes while Ian Desmond gets snubbed by fans.
Despite injuries, Harper's stellar performance has him third overall in preliminary NL all-star voting.
Cincinnati is poised to be named the host of the 2015 All-Star Game, which the Nationals were hoping to land. So, it appears, the soonest that could happen -- if so -- is in four years.