Baumann named Reds' new head athletic trainer

CINCINNATI -- The Reds promoted Steve Baumann from assistant trainer to head athletic trainer on Tuesday.

Baumann, a Cincinnati native, is a homegrown product of sorts that joined the organization full-time in 1999 following his graduation from the University of Cincinnati. He worked his way up with stops at affiliates in Rookie-level Billings (2000-02), Double-A Chattanooga ('03) and Triple-A Louisville ('04) before he joined the Reds as assistant trainer before the '05 season.

The promotion came after former head trainer Paul Lessard accepted the same position with the Nationals, a move that was also formally announced on Tuesday. Lessard had already accepted the job before former Reds manager Dusty Baker became Washington's skipper earlier this month.

Assistant trainer Tomas Vera will return, as will strength and conditioning coordinator Sean Marohn. Vera has been on the big league medical staff for six seasons and has also served as a Spanish-language translator for players such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Raisel Iglesias. Marohn has been with the big league club for two seasons.

Jimmy Mattocks was promoted from Louisville to replace Baumann as an assistant trainer. Mattocks has spent 10 years in the organization, including the past five as Louisville's head athletic trainer.

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