Injured Young deserving of All-Star votes

Injured Young deserving of All-Star votes

Injured Young deserving of All-Star votes
PHOENIX -- For the first two weeks of the season, it seems, the only thing that stopped Chris Young was the center-field wall at Chase Field.

Young injured his right shoulder when he crashed into the wall on Tuesday night, and the injury landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

The contusion in his shoulder interrupted what has been an All-Star start to the season for Young, who hit five home runs in his first 39 at-bats and ranked among the National League leaders in most power categories.

Young appeared in the 2010 All-Star Game, in Anaheim, and D-backs fans can help him get to the 2012 game, in Kansas City.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at and all 30 club sites -- online or with a mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. MST.

Fans can also once again take part in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the U.S. beginning at 5 p.m. MST on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at via the 2012 All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. 

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Visit for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, visit or

Paper balloting at Chase Field begins on Wednesday and runs through June 22.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.