Levangie hired as bullpen coach

The Red Sox announced the hiring of Dana Levangie as the team’s bullpen coach to replace Gary Tuck, who retired last week after six seasons in the job.

Levangie, 43, a Massachusetts native, has been an advance scout for the Sox for the past seven seasons, and will continue to assist in that area. He's been with the Sox for 22 years as a player, bullpen catcher and pro scout.

“We are extremely pleased to add Dana to the major league staff,” manager John Farrell said in a statement. “He has been a valuable asset to the Red Sox in a variety of roles and his vast knowledge of the Major Leagues, particularly the American League, will enable him to make an impact on our staff and with our bullpen.”

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. It was unclear why he chose not to return.

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 on Sunday.