Dave Roberts‘ coaching staff was formally announced on Thursday:
Bob Geren — bench coach
Rick Honeycutt — pitching coach
Turner Ward — hitting coach
Tim Hyers — assistant hitting coach
George Lombard — first base coach
Chris Woodward — third base coach
Josh Bard — bullpen coach
Juan Castro — quality assurance coach
Steve Yeager — coach
Gabe Kapler, the runner-up for the manager’s job and a rumored coach for weeks, will remain director of player development.
Update: Kapler talked about his decision to stay in the front office, and Roberts explained the challenge of putting together a staff in mid-December.
Here’s a bit more on each of the coaches from a team release:
The Dodgers are expected to announce their full coaching staff sometime Thursday or Friday. The team hasn’t announced anything yet because one position still isn’t finalized — but which one?
Good question. Here’s the latest on the expected 2016 coaches, titles and reliability of information:
Bench: Bob Geren (believed done, confirmed)
1B: Gabe Kapler (believed done, unconfirmed)
3B: Chris Woodward (reported, unconfirmed)
Bullpen: Josh Bard (only name I’ve heard so far, unconfirmed)
Hitting: Turner Ward (reported, unconfirmed)
Assistant hitting: Tim Hyers (reported, unconfirmed)
Pitching: Rick Honeycutt (done, unconfirmed)
Aaron Harang threw six strong innings, but the White Sox (11-15) prevailed against the Dodgers (12-11-4) before an announced crowd of 5,091 at Camelback Ranch. [box score]
Harang allowed six hits — all singles — walked one, and struck out six in six innings. Three of those singles came in the fifth inning, allowing Chicago to score its only run against the 6-foot-7 right-hander. Harang threw 104 pitches, 66 for strikes, and left with the score tied 1-1. In his last two starts, spanning 11 innings, he has allowed two runs and 11 hits.
Reliever Josh Lindblom allowed a solo home run to Trayce Thompson in the seventh inning and Scott Rice served up an RBI single to Adam Dunn in the eighth.
The Dodgers got their only run when Josh Fields singled and came around to score on an A.J. Ellis sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Two days after bunting a ball into his groin, Juan Uribe went 2-for-3. Juan Rivera doubled and a single by Ellis accounted for the Dodgers’ fifth hit of the game.
A few more notes: