10/24/2007 8:21 PM ET
Dodgers promote Watson and Tomczyk, add two to medical staff
Falsone becomes first female physical therapist in Major League history
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have promoted De Jon Watson to Assistant General Manager, Player Development and Todd Tomczyk to Assistant Athletic Trainer, according to General Manager Ned Colletti. The club also announced several additions and promotions in the medical department, including Major League Baseball's first-ever female physical therapist, Sue Falsone.
Watson, 41, enters his second season with the Dodgers after joining the team last year as the Director of Player Development. He has worked in baseball since 1991 in scouting and player development and has 23 years of experience in professional baseball. In his new role, Watson will expand his responsibilities to the Major League club by providing input on transactions and easing the transition for Dodger prospects from the minor leagues to the Majors.
Tomczyk enters his 10th season in professional baseball and his second with the Dodgers. He came to Los Angeles last season following eight years in the Cleveland Indians' organization.
Falsone, 33, joins the staff as the Major League physical therapist and also serves as the Director of Physical Therapy for Athletes Performance Institute (API). Falsone has spent the past seven years at API and is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is certified in NeuroCoreKinetics Fundamentals as well as Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM) through Performance Dynamics.
A graduate of Daeman College in her hometown of Buffalo, NY, Falsone becomes the first female physical therapist in Major League history.
Brendon Huttman joins the Dodgers as the Major League Strength Coach following five seasons in the Cleveland organization. Most recently, Huttman was the team's minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and he has also worked in the Colorado Rockies' and Kansas City Royals' organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he worked with the Jayhawk baseball team.
Ichiro Tani returns for his fourth season as the Dodgers' massage therapist following 10 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. A native of Nara, Japan, Tani has worked multiple Japanese All-Star Games and the All-Star Series in Japan as well as Major League Baseball preseason games prior to coming to Los Angeles.
Greg Harrel, who served as the athletic trainer at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been promoted to Head Minor League Athletic Trainer and David Rivera, who was the physical therapist for the Dodgers' minor league system last season, has been promoted to the Minor League rehabilitation coordinator.