Article by Brian Corbin / MLB.com | July 27th, 2016 It was...
Lonnie Soloff – Sr. Director of Medical Services
Lonnie Soloff, 41, is beginning his third year as Senior Director of Medical Services after spending ten years as head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians. In this role, Lonnie leads the organization’s efforts in research and development pertaining to physical development, performance enhancement and injury prevention while assisting club executives in short-term and long-term injury risk assessments relative to strategic amateur and professional player personnel decisions. Lonnie continues to supervise the organization’s Athletic Trainers, Strength & Conditioning Coaches and Team Physicians, overseeing injury treatment, rehabilitation systems and physical development at both the Major League and Minor League levels. Active in teaching orthopedics and baseball sports medicine, Soloff participates in clinical research and lectures. In addition to sharing the honor of Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year and Dick Martin Awards in 2007, Soloff was chosen to serve as American League athletic trainer for the 2012 MLB All-Star game. ((Moved from the top of paragraph)) Prior to joining the Indians organization in 2003, Lonnie served as physical therapist from 1999-2002 and assistant athletic trainer in 2003 for the Cincinnati Reds. A member of the NATA and APTA, Soloff began his career in baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996 as part of the PBATS internship program. A native of New Orleans, Soloff lives in Avon Lake, Ohio with his wife and three children.
James Quinlan – Head Athletic Trainer
James Quinlan, 34, is beginning his third season as head athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 6 seasons in the Cleveland Indians Player Development System. Quinlan spent two seasons (2012-2013) serving as athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, OH. Prior to 2012 he spent four seasons as the Indians rehabilitation coordinator. Quinlan joined the Indians organization in 2007 as the athletic trainer at the Mahoning Valley (Rookie) affiliate. Quinlan received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training while a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then obtained a doctorate in physical therapy from Widener University. Quinlan, who is also a member of the NATA and APTA, began his career in baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003 as an intern for the rehabilitation coordinator. A native of Havertown, PA, Quinlan lives in Avon Lake, OH with his wife and two children.
Jeff Desjardins – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Jeff Desjardins, 42, is beginning his seventh season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 9 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the Cleveland Indians Player Development System. Desjardins spent three seasons (2007-2009) serving a dual role as the Indians athletic training coordinator and athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliates in Buffalo, NY and Columbus, OH. In 2005 and 2006, he was the athletic trainer for the Indians AA affiliate in Akron, Ohio. In 2006, he was named the Eastern League Athletic Trainer of the Year and was selected to represent the Indians in the Arizona Fall League. He held the same position in Kinston, NC in 2004 and in Lake County, OH in 2003. Desjardins originally joined the Indians organization in 2001, as the athletic trainer in Burlington, NC and served in that role for two seasons. A graduate of Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Desjardins is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is also an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. A native of Gorham, ME., Desjardins and family currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.
Michael Salazar – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Michael Salazar, 40, is beginning his fifth season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 11 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the Cleveland Indians player development system. Salazar spent the last two seasons (2010-2011) as an athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, OH. From 2007 through 2009, he was the athletic trainer for the Indians AA affiliate in Akron, Ohio. In 2005 and 2006, Salazar covered the Kinston Indians in Kinston, NC. In 2004 he spent one year covering the Tribe’s low long Season A affiliate, the Lake County Captains, where he was named the South Atlantic League athletic trainer of the year. Prior to his tour with the Captains, Michael spent 3 seasons (2001-2003) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, in Niles, OH. Michael originally joined the Cleveland Indians organization in 2000 when he covered the Burlington Indians in Burlington, NC. Prior to working with the Tribe, Michael spent one year in the Atlanta Braves organization as a minor league athletic trainer. Of note, Michael was appointed to the position of head athletic trainer for the Dominican Team during the first two World Baseball Classics. He spent two off seasons (2004 and 2011) working for the Aguilas, a winter ball team in the Dominican Republic. Michael obtained his under graduate degree at Manchester University, in North Manchester, IN and completed his graduate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A native of Chicago, Salazar currently resides in Cleveland.