Athletic Trainer Bios
Milwaukee Brewers
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Director of Medical Operations

Roger Caplinger

Roger Caplinger, 52, enters his eigth season as the Director of Medical Operations, following 10 years as the head athletic trainer. Caplinger previously spent four seasons as the Assistant Athletic Trainer following eight years in the Brewers farm system. After earning an undergraduate degree in physical education/athletic training from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo., Caplinger joined Milwaukee’s Rookie league team in Peoria, Ariz., in 1990. The Wheat Ridge, Colo. native worked his way up through the Brewers’ athletic training ranks, working with affiliates in Helena, Mont., in 1991 and 1993, and Chandler, Ariz., in 1994. From 1995 through 1999, Caplinger served as coordinator of Minor League athletic training, strength and conditioning. Caplinger is coordinator of athletic training for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League from 1996 through 2007 and was recognized along with head athletic trainer John Adam with the 2001 “MLB Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award and in 2005 received the Dick Martin Award by Baseball Prospectus”. The Brewers organization was also awarded the 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award as the Best Medical Staff in Major League Baseball by Rotowire. He was honored to serve as the National League athletic trainer for the 2002 Major League All- Star game. He also served on the PBATS Executive Board as the National League Athletic Trainer representative. Caplinger is a certified member of the NATA and is a member of the AzATA, WATA and is a licensed athletic trainer in Arizona and Wisconsin. A golf enthusiast, Caplinger resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with wife Jackie and has children Kyle, Gabi, Brett and Ryan.

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Head Athletic Trainer

Scott Barringer

Scott begins his first season as Head Athletic Trainer with the Brewers. He joins Milwaukee from the Houston Astros, where he recently completed his second season as assistant athletic trainer. In his first season in that position (2017), Scott was part of a group that won the World Series and was named Athletic Training Staff of the Year, an award that is presented by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and voted on by their peers. Scott also served the Astros as minor league medical coordinator in 2016. Prior to his stint with the Astros, Scott worked as a minor league athletic trainer in the Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-12) and Chicago Cubs (2013-15) organizations. He was also an athletic trainer for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League in 2013. He previously served as an associate professor in 2012 at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Scott earned his Master’s degree in athletic training from East Carolina University.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

David Yeager

David enters his eigth year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Team. In 2015 and 2014 was part of the staff that received the Martin-Monahan Award for the best medical staff in professional baseball. Yeager, 45, previously spent 7 seasons in the Milwaukee minor league system including AA Huntsville and AAA Nashville. He was named 2007 Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year by his peers and served as the Southern League North Division All-Star Athletic Trainer. He is an active member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) serving on the website and internship committees. David is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and is certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He holds athletic training licenses in Wisconsin and Alabama. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his Master’s from Jacksonville State University. David and his wife, Wendy, reside in Athens, Alabama with their sons, Duke and Seth.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Rafael Freitas

Rafael Freitas, 31, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is entering his third season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career as a minor league athletic trainer with the Cincinnati Reds (2012-2013) working at their Dominican Republic Academy. In 2014-2015 he served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Low A Athletic Trainer (South Bend SilverHawks ’14, Kane County Cougars ’15) and spent the 2016 season as the AAA Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals organization (Memphis Redbirds). Rafael worked with the Toros Azucareros del Este in Dominican Winter Ball in 2013 as well as serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Team Brazil during the World Baseball Classic Tournaments in 2012-13 and 2016. In 2015 he was voted by his peers as the Midwest League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Freitas is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and is also certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.