Yanks pitching coach Eiland takes leave of absence
Friday, June 4, 2010
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.