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Head Athletic Trainer
Lonnie Soloff, 38, is beginning his tenth season as head athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending four years as physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds. While a student at St. Louis University, Soloff received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in physical therapy and attained his certification in athletic training. In 2007, Soloff shared honors with assistants Rick Jameyson and Nick Kenney in being named Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Additionally, Soloff and staff were recipients of the 2007 Dick Martin Award given annually by Baseball Prospectus. Soloff was chosen to serve as American League athletic trainer for the 2012 MLB All-Star game. Active in teaching orthopedics and baseball sports medicine, Soloff often conducts in-service education, lectures and participates in research studies. Soloff, a member of the NATA and APTA, 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.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jeff Desjardins, 39, is beginning his fourth 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.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Michael Salazar, 37, is beginning his second 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 last 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 College, 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.