Braves hire Blue Jays’ longtime head athletic trainer George Poulis

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) walks back to the dugout with an injury with trainer George Poulis and manager John Gibbons. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Longtime Toronto Blue Jays trainer George Poulis was hired by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday as their director of player health and head athletic trainer.

The move reunites Poulis with former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, who was hired by the Braves as their new GM on Nov. 13.

Poulis spent 15 seasons as Toronto’s head athletic trainer and served as assistant athletic trainer for three years before that.

Jeff Porter, Atlanta’s head athletic trainer of 33 seasons, will assume the role of senior advisor, athletic training in 2018. Andrew Hauser will become director of performance and assistant athletic trainer while Jim Lovell will remain as assistant athletic trainer.