The Angels on Wednesday announced a flurry of changes to the team's on- and off-field operations, changing up the coaching staff and welcoming franchise favorite Gary DiSarcina back to the organization in an official front-office role.
In response to the departure of former bench coach Ron Roenicke, who recently accepted the job as Milwaukee Brewers manager, the Angels named former big league infielder and longtime coach Rob Picciolo to Roenicke's old post as manager Mike Scioscia's right-hand man and chief strategist. Picciolo had been the club's roving infield instructor for the last five seasons.
Also, former bullpen catcher Steve Soliz was promoted to bullpen coach and Tom Gregorio was named bullpen catcher. Additionally, Adam Nevala was named the team's head certified athletic trainer.
Former Angels All-Star shortstop DiSarcina, meanwhile, was named special assistant to the general manager.
"We are pleased to have Gary back in the Angels' family," said Angels GM Tony Reagins in a club release. "He brings a level of expertise and passion that will be critical to the advancement of the baseball operations department."
DiSarcina was in the Red Sox's farm system the past four seasons. He was manager for Class A Lowell for three years, and last year he was the Red Sox's Minor League infield coordinator.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.