Red Sox name Greg Colbrunn hitting coach

Former Major Leaguer Greg Colbrunn has been named the hitting coach of the Boston Red Sox, the team announced on Wednesday.

Colbrunn joins pitching coach Juan Nieves, bench coach Torey Lovullo, third base coach Brian Butterfield and first base coach Arnie Beyeler as additions to manager John Farrell’s staff.

Colbrunn, who hit .289 with a .799 OPS over 13 Major League seasons, has served on the staff of the New York Yankees’ Single-A affiliate in Charleston since 2007, including five years as the hitting coach and one as the team’s manager in 2010.

The Red Sox plan to hire an assistant hitting coach, which is becoming commonplace in the majors. Victor Rodriguez, who has worked in the Red Sox farm system as a hitting coordinator for several seasons, is the likely candidate for that role.

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