Sue Falsone will not return as the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer in 2014.

Sue Falsone

The Dodgers are not bringing back head athletic trainer Sue Falsone, center, in 2014. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers will not be bringing back head athletic trainer Sue Falsone in 2014.



Falsone, 38, joined the team as the first female head athletic trainer in major professional sports last year.

Though Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez recently praised her staff for its work in helping him recover from a back injury, Falsone was sometimes criticized by fans for the Dodgers’ spate of injuries the last two years.

Seventeen different major-league players spent time on the Dodgers’ disabled list in 2013, including four players more than once. In 2012, only four teams lost more time to the disabled list than the Dodgers, according to data compiled by FanGraphs.com.

Falsone became the first female physical therapist in the Major Leagues when she was hired by the Dodgers in 2007 and worked in that role through the 2010 season.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.