Athletic Trainer Bios
Milwaukee Brewers
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Director of Medical Operations

Roger Caplinger

Roger Caplinger, 51, enters his seventh 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

Dan Wright

Roseburg, OR native Dan Wright, 56, is entering his 7th year as the Head Athletic Training for the Milwaukee Brewers after serving for 10 years as the assistant. He began his career as a minor league athletic trainer with the Kansas City Royals from 1985 to 1989. The next year in 1990 he was named Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds. As Larry Starr’s assistant, he was part of the 1991 MLB “Training Staff of the Year” awarded by PBATS. Wright was also part of the Brewer’s medical staff that received the 2005 Dick Martin Award, 2014 and 2015 Martin-Monahan Awards and served as member of the National league medical staff for the 2011 Major League All-Star Game. From 1992 to 1994 Wright served as the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants minor league Department. He also represented the Giants as an athletic trainer for the 1993 Fall League. In 1996 Wright co-founded FitLife Health Systems, an athletic trainer-owned conditioning and sports medicine clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. An active member of the Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association, he has served on the board of directors and various committees. In 2000, Wright was named “Arizona Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the AZATA. Later, he was appointed by Governor Jane Hull to sit on the first Arizona Board of Athletic Training Licensure. A certified member of the NATA, Wright also is certified by the NSCA as strength and conditioning specialist. He completed his first marathon in 2008 and has many outdoor hobbies include hiking, fishing, target shooting and scuba diving. Wright lives in Tempe, AZ, and has two children, Emma and Robbie.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

David Yeager

David enters his seventh 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 2nd 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.