CINCINNATI -- The Indians have their first All-Star. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled the All-Star staffs and Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff was named to the American League's medical team.
Soloff will be joined by Nick Kenney, head athletic trainer of the Royals and a former assistant trainer for the Indians, on Rangers and AL manager Ron Washington's staff.
"It's humbling," Soloff said. "It'll be an honor to represent the Indians organization, as well as the American League. An added bonus is that I'll be working alongside Nick Kenney. It'll be neat to share that experience with him. I'm definitely excited about that."
Soloff, who is in his ninth season as the Tribe's head athletic trainer, is planning on bringing his wife and three children with him to Kansas City for the Midsummer Classic. He is hoping to have a handful of Indians players there as well.
"Hopefully, a few of our guys get to be there, too," he said. "That'd be fun."
Indians manager Manny Acta, who was on the AL All-Star coaching staff last year, was thrilled for Soloff.
"I'm happy that he's going to be able to be a part of it," Acta said. "I think it's a great experience and we're well represented over there with him."