Sue Falsone became the first female head trainer in the four major professional sports when she joined the Dodgers in 2011, but yesterday she announced via Twitter that she’s stepping down from the job:
It is with a heavy heart to say that I will not be returning to the LA Dodgers in order to pursue other opportunities within my career.
Falsone replaced Stan Conte as head trainer and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN Los Angeles writes that she “was popular with the players and well-respected in the organization.” So it was clearly Falsone’s decision to resign from the gig.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.