Las Vegas 51s left fielder Chris Lubanski was thrilled to be voted to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game this year, especially with it being played in Allentown, Pa., just 50 miles from where he grew up. However, an undisclosed injury suffered July 4 likely will keep Lubanski out of the July 14 minor-league showcase.
There are still two other Las Vegas players, though, who will make the trip. J.P. Arencibia will be the Pacific Coast League’s starting catcher against the International League, and first baseman Brett Wallace earned a reserve spot.
Through July 5, Arencibia was hitting .317 and led the 51s in homers (21), doubles (26) and RBIs (57), while Wallace was batting .301 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs. Lubanski, with a .308 average, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs, was the PCL’s top vote-getter in online fan balloting.
The Triple-A All-Star Game can be seen live on MLB Network at 4 p.m.