Joe Torre said this morning that Jeff Pentland, who was hired as a “roving minor-league hitting instructor,” is going to stick around with the big club for a while, and Torre didn’t rule out him staying for the rest of the year. A big part of his job is helping Don Mattingly get acclimated to the full-time hitting coach’s role and providing an additional set of eyes and an additional perspective. There is a limit on how many coaches you can have in the dugout in uniform, so Pentland stays in the clubhouse during games.
“He is basically doing what Donnie was doing when Donnie would visit while Mike (Easler, former hitting coach) was on the bench,” Torre said. “He will be watching on TV. If a player goes up (to the clubhouse) to look at an at-bat, Jeff will be there for tha player to talk to about it.”
Torre said special instructor Manny Mota also will continue to travel with the team as an extra hitting coach, although Mota isn’t on this trip for personal reasons.
Here’s today’s lineup