Sox retain Gary Tuck as bullpen coach

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced Thursday that Gary Tuck will remain as the club's bullpen coach.

Tuck, 58, will return for his seventh season as Sox bullpen coach and is the only remaining staff member from 2012.

"[Sox manager John Farrell] felt like having at least one person from the 2012 staff return was important," Cherington said. "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."

Farrell's staff is almost complete. With Torey Lovullo (bench coach), Brian Butterfield (third-base coach) and Juan Nieves (pitching coach) all in place, the Red Sox still need to fill the hitting coach and first-base coach positions.

The Red Sox are leaning toward hiring two hitting coaches, and those interviews will begin this weekend.

"We're going to start interviews this weekend and over the course of early next week. There'll be a handful of candidates," Cherington explained. "We haven't quite set the times up and things like that, so I can't tell you names yet, but we'll be able to do so soon."