Today the Indians and Head Athletic Trainer LONNIE SOLOFF promoted JEFF DESJARDINS to the lead Assistant Athletic Trainer position with MICHAEL SALAZAR joining the Major League staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. The moves were precipitated by the departure of RICK JAMEYSON, who is now the Head Athletic Trainer of the Boston Red Sox.
Desjardins, 38, is entering his 12th season in the Indians organization after joining the club in 2001. He has been on the Major League Athletic Training Staff since 2010 and in the lead assistant role will now assist Soloff in all facets of the operation and will travel full-time. Salazar joined the Indians organization in 2000 and spent the last two seasons as the Athletic Trainer of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Michael was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic squad in both 2006 and 2009 and this off-season worked in the same capacity for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.
Additionally, JAMES QUINLAN has been promoted to Athletic Trainer of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers after spending four seasons as the club’s Rehab Coordinator in Goodyear, Arizona.
Currently there are five Head Athletic Trainers in Major League Baseball who previously served on the Indians Major League or Triple-A Athletic Training staffs since 2005: Jameyson (Boston), NICK KENNEY (KC), NICK PAPARESTA (Oakland), TODD TOMCZYK (Pittsburgh), LEE KUNTZ (Washington)