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Thomas Albert one of three new hires on Dodgers 2016 training staff

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Brandon McDaniel helps Clayton Kershaw stretch before opening day in 2015.
Brandon McDaniel helps Clayton Kershaw stretch before opening day in 2015.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made official their new training staff on Tuesday, with three new members on the staff. Neil Rampe is the new head athletic trainer, joined by new assistant trainers Nathan Lucero and Thomas Albert.

They join a staff that retains strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel, back for his fourth season, physical therapist Steve Smith, in his fifth season, and massage therapist Yosuke Nakajima in his second season in that role.

Rampe was with the Diamondbacks for eight years as their manual and performance therapist, and Lucero was in the Astros organization for 23 years, including the last seven years as the head athletic trainer on the major league staff. We wrote about the hire of those two on Dec. 3.

At Dodger Insider, Jon Weisman expands on Rampe's role, noting "Rampe will oversee all of the Dodgers’ medical programs, including athletic training, physical therapy, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, as well as the training, strength and conditioning of Dodger minor league players."

Dodgers director of medical services Stan Conte resigned on Oct. 17, he said to continue his research on baseball injury analytics. Assistant trainer Nancy Flynn stepped down on Nov. 5 to spend more time with her family.

The new name here is Albert, who spent the last four seasons as the rehabilitation coordinator for the Indians. Prior to that Albert was with Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe for three years, and before that he was trainer for seven years with the Harlem Globetrotters.