Reports: Tuck decides not to return

Gary Tuck has decided not to return as Red Sox bullpen coach, according to multiple reports (Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was the first).

The Red Sox had announced in November that Tuck, who has been widely praised for his work with catchers in addition to his bullpen role, was coming back for a seventh season in Boston. Bradford's report said it was unclear why Tuck chose not to come back.

Tuck would have been the lone holdover from Bobby Valentine's staff.

"[Sox manager John Farrell] felt like having at least one person from the 2012 staff return was important," Cherington said when Tuck's return was announced in November. "They have a relationship, as you know, aside from his skill as a catching instructor and a smart baseball guy, he's got a lot of insight into our players from this year, and nobody else on our staff was going to have that the way that he did. We thought that was important."

Tuck took a leave during the 2012 season for personal reasons and was replaced by minor league catching instructor Chad Epperson.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks.