Yankees Coach Takes A Personal Leave

TORONTO (AP) – New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland is

taking a personal leave of absence and will be away for the team

for an unspecified time, manager Joe Girardi said Friday.

Bullpen coach Mike Harkey will serve as pitching coach while

Eiland is away with batting practice pitcher Charlie Wonsowicz

taking over in the bullpen. Girardi said Eiland would be given as

much time as he needed before rejoining the team, but did not

identify the reason for his absence.

This is Eiland's third year as New York's pitching coach and his

eighth year with the organization. Harkey is in his third season as

bullpen coach and previously worked as Girardi's bullpen coach in

Florida. He spent six seasons as a minor league pitching coach with

San Diego.


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