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Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  December 1, 2005 07:02 PM

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In addition to announcing the acquisition of Cubs pitcher Jermaine Van Buren today, the Red Sox also had some news on the medical front and released a statement regarding the 2004 World Series final-out ball.

Mike Reinold was named as the team's assistant athletic trainer, David Page is the new strength and conditioning coach, and Don Kalkstein will be the director of performance enhancement, a newly-created position.

Reinold joins the Red Sox after serving as the director of rehab and clinical education at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) run by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Page was the strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the last six seasons, where he worked with new Red Sox head athletic trainer Paul Lessard. Kalkstein served the Texas Rangers as their major league performance enhancement coach for the last nine years.

A Winthrop native and 2000 graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in physical therapy, Reinold earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2003. Reinold has spent the last two years as the director of rehab and clinical education at ASMI in Birmingham, where he developed rehab programs for professional baseball pitchers seeking the care of Dr. Andrews.

At ASMI, Reinold utilized his expertise in the biomechanics of a pitcher’s motion to assess flaws in the pitcher’s delivery and address ways to prevent future injury. Reinold worked with the player and the corresponding members of major league training staffs to develop appropriate rehab programs both during the regular season and offseason. Since 2001, Reinold had been a rehab consultant for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In addition to his doctorate in physical training, Reinold is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning coach. He and his wife Sandi currently reside in Birmingham.

Page began his baseball strength coaching career in 1996 with the Portland Sea Dogs, then an affiliate of the Florida Marlins. He joined the Diamondbacks in 1998 as their minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, designing both winter and in-season programs for all minor league players. He also trained and supervised the strength coaches for each affiliate before moving to the big league club midway through the 1999 campaign.

A native of Malden, Page moved to Portland, Maine, when he was five years old and graduated in 1989 from the University of Southern Maine, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was elected Secretary of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. Dave and his wife Lori currently live in Arizona with sons Jackson and Noah.

Kalkstein will work with the major league club to design and implement a performance enhancement program, primarily focusing on educating and developing the mental side of the game with players and coaches to promote consistent successful performance. In addition to his work with the Rangers during the last nine seasons, Kalkstein joined the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks in a similar capacity in 2002.

Since earning an advanced graduate degree in athletic counseling from Springfield (Mass.) College in 1988, Kalkstein has since directed a sports psychology business designed for professional and Olympic athletes. He also worked as a pitching coach and associate professor at Northwood (Tex.) University from 1994-96. He and his wife Debbie live in Cedar Hill, Tex., with sons Dakota and Drey.

The 2006 Red Sox medical team is now complete, as the addition of Lessard and the returns of Jim Rowe and Scott Waugh were announced last month.

“We are very pleased with the composition of our medical team in 2006,” said Red Sox medical director Dr. Thomas Gill. “We succeeded in putting together a cohesive team of experts who possess unique strengths and talents but share one common goal –- to provide the Boston Red Sox with the best medical care in baseball.”

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Regarding the 2004 World Series final-out ball, the Red Sox yesterday filed a request for a judgment to determine who is the rightful owner.

According to the team's statement today, "If the judgment results in a determination that the ball belongs to the Red Sox, the club intends to display and preserve the historic artifact for all of Red Sox Nation to enjoy. The Red Sox have no intent or desire to derive any commercial benefit from the ball."

"Despite the legal language that can suggest otherwise, the action seeking a declaratory judgment in no way reflects on our feelings or respect for our alumnus, Doug Mientkiewicz, who caught the throw that gave us our first World Championship in 86 years," said Lucinda Treat, the Red Sox chief legal officer.

"We have made numerous approaches to the Mientkiewiczes, and to their representatives, to seek an amicable private settlement, and to ensure that this piece of club history remains accessible to all of our fans," Treat said. "All were rebuffed. That is why we now seek a judgment."

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