First, there were three.
Then there were two.
And now Dean Anna finds himself in Reno, Nev., for Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game as the only Tucson Padre on the roster.
Tucson was well-represented when the rosters were announced earlier this month, with three players — Anna, catcher Rene Rivera and left-handed reliever Colt Hynes — on the Pacific Coast League’s roster.
But Rivera was promoted to the big leagues on July 6 after San Diego starter Yasmani Grandal suffered a serious knee injury. Hynes joined Rivera in the majors last weekend when he was called up to San Diego one day before the All-Star break.
“The whole deal is about getting to the big leagues,” Tucson manager Pat Murphy said. “The Triple-A All-Star Game is an honor, but when you get that call to the big leagues, there’s no thinking involved in that one.”
So Rivera and Hynes get a few days off on a big-league salary after a grueling first half of the season mostly spent in Triple-A. The Tucson Padres flew (commercially) from city to city, playing 98 games in 101 days.
Anna, meanwhile, will be a reserve infielder for the Pacific Coast League team in Wednesday night’s game, which is set for a 6:05 p.m. start tonight on MLB Network.
Read this entire article in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.