Injury halts former Chant La Stella’s All-Star debut

Former Coastal Carolina standout and Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella suffered a bad break in more ways than one Tuesday.

Set to start for the American League in his first All-Star Game appearance, La Stella fouled a ball off his leg during a game against the Texas Rangers.

On Wednesday, La Stella learned he will miss next week’s All-Star Game and perhaps a few months beyond after fracturing his right tibia. He was placed on the 10-day injured list.

La Stella, the first Chanticleer player to be voted an All-Star is having a career year with the Angels. The sixth-year major leaguer is hitting .297 with a career-high 16 home runs and 44 RBIs as the everyday second basemen. He has also posted career numbers in hits (82), runs scored (48), total bases (137), slugging percentage (.496). La Stella also has a .349 on-base percentage and a .845 on-base plus slugging this season.

An eighth-round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves, La Stella was a unanimous All-American in 2011 for the Chanticleers. Named the 2011 Big South Player of the Year, La Stella was also a 2011 ABCA All-Region first team pick and earned a spot on the All-Big South first team in both 2010 and 2011.

In his two years at Coastal, La Stella hit .388 with 28 home runs, 29 doubles and 136 RBIs over 125 games played. His .650 career slugging percentage ranks first all-time in CCU history, while he also ranks third all-time Coastal history in on-base percentage (.463), fifth in batting average (.388) and 11th in home runs (28).

 

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