Trainer Poulis named to All-Star staff
Jays' medical staffer makes first trip to Midsummer Classic
PHILADELPHIA -- George Poulis could only laugh. Go figure that on the day that the Blue Jays' head trainer was named to the American League All-Star staff, Toronto announced that three of its pitchers were being placed on the disabled list.
The rash of injuries have made Poulis a very busy man.
"I don't know if that's a requirement," he said with a chuckle. "But if it is, I'm your guy."
All kidding aside, Poulis was humbled to be named to the All-Star team's medical staff for this season's Midsummer Classic in St. Louis. A senior board of athletic trainers cast their votes over the offseason and decided Poulis deserved to be included.
"It's very much an honor," Poulis said. "I'm very excited about it. It's something that, for a trainer, it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Maybe you'll get lucky and get to go. I'm very, very excited about it. I feel honored to be chosen by my peers to do this."
Poulis plans on bringing his wife and three daughters to St. Louis for the festivities, but he knows there will be plenty of work to do. After all, there is a good chance that Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay will be on the American League's pitching staff, or possibly even be named the starter for the league's elite squad.
"That'll be nice," Poulis said. "It will be nice to get him ready for that start. Getting him ready for these starts is special enough. It'd be icing on the cake to see him do something like that, too."
Poulis has served as the head trainer of the Blue Jays' medical team since the 2003 season after spending parts of the previous five years as an assistant trainer. Prior to joining Toronto, Poulis worked as an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres' Minor League system for 10 years. Poulis began his sports training career as an athletic training intern with the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 1986.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.