Athletic Trainer Bios
Cleveland Indians
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Sr. Director of Medical Services

Lonnie Soloff

Lonnie Soloff, 43, is beginning his fifth season as Senior Director of Medical Services after spend- ing 10 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 in- jury risk assessments relative to strategic amateur and professional player personnel decisions. Lonnie continues to supervise the organization’s athletic trainers, strength & conditioning coaches, physical therapists 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. Soloff shared the honor of Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award in 2016 and 2007 and Dick Martin Award in 2007. In addition to serving as American League athletic trainer for the 2012 MLB All-Star game, Soloff was honored to represent his country working as an athletic trainer with Team USA during their Gold Medal run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic 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.

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Head Athletic Trainer

James Quinlan

James Quinlan, 36, is beginning his fifth 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 co- ordinator. 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, working as a bat boy and club- house attendant before serving as an athletic training intern in 2003. In 2016, James shared honors with Lonnie Soloff, Jeff Desjardins and Michael Salazar as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” A native of Havertown, PA, Quinlan lives in Avon Lake, OH with his wife and two children.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Jeff Desjardins

Jeff Desjardins, 44, is beginning his ninth season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 9 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the Cleve- land 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. In 2016, Jeff shared honors with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan and Michael Salazar as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” 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.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Michael Salazar

Michael Salazar, 42, is beginning his seventh 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 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 At- lanta 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 & 2011) working for the Aguilas, a winter ball team in the Dominican Republic. Shared the honors with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan, and Jeff Desjardins in 2016, as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year”. 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. Michael is currently working on his Doctor of Athletic Training degree from A. T. Still University. A native of Chicago, Salazar currently resides in Cleveland.