Fletcher up next for hitting coach interview

BOSTON -- The Red Sox will interview Atlanta Braves assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher on Thursday for the vacant hitting coach job in Boston.

Fletcher, 53, worked with the Braves in his current role in 2012 and had previously worked for the Colorado Rockies as a roving infield coordinator from 2009-2011. A big league infielder for 15 years, Fletcher played two seasons for the Red Sox in 1993 and 1994.

He posted a .262 career average with 1,376 hits in 1,612 games with the Cubs, White Sox, Rangers, Brewers, Red Sox and Tigers.

The Red Sox already have interviewed Rick Schu and Victor Rodriguez for the hitting coach position. Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said he hopes to have this process complete by the end of this week.

Farrell and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also said recently they’re leaning toward using a two-man system for the position.

Once the hitting coach slot is filled, the only other vacant position on Farrell’s staff will be first-base coach. There’s a possibility current Triple-A Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler could be promoted for the first-base job in Boston; he recently interviewed for the position.

The Red Sox already have named Torey Lovullo bench coach, Juan Nieves pitching coach and Brian Butterfield third-base coach, and announced that bullpen coach Gary Tuck has been retained.