BRONX, NY—The New York Yankees announce the remainder of Joe Girardi's 2011 team coaching staff. Mike Harkey (bullpen coach), Mick Kelleher (first base coach), Kevin Long (hitting coach), Tony Pena (bench coach) and Rob Thomson (third base coach) all return to their same roles from last season.
The only new face is pitching coach Larry Rothschild who was announced on Nov. 19. He replaces Dave Eiland. Eiland has since joined the Tampa Bay Rays in an advisory role. Below are details provided by the Yankees:
Harkey, 44, will begin his fourth season as Yankees bullpen coach.
Kelleher, 63, will return for his third year as the Yankees first base and sixth year as a coach or instructor in the Yankees organization.
Long, 44, will return for his fifth season as Yankees hitting coach and eighth year in the Yankees organization.
Pena, 53, will return for his sixth season on the Yankees Major League coaching staff and third as bench coach.
Thomson, 47, will enter his 22nd season in the Yankees organization and his third as third base coach.
On another Yankee note, the team is reportedly interested in free agent Justin Duchscherer, Duchscherer, 33, went 10-8 that season with a 2.54 ERA and made the All-Star game in 2008, but he missed 2009 after elbow surgery in spring training and suffered from clinical depression later in the year. Duchscherer had season-ending hip surgery last season. The right-hander has been limited to just 28 innings since 2008.