Rangers hire assistant to support Josh Hamilton

The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday night that Shayne Kelley has been named a major league staff assistant and part of his duties will be to support Josh Hamilton.

Kelley, a graduate of the University of Alabama, will also help hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and the Rangers coaching staff as part of his duties.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that Kelley has already started in his position and accompanied Hamilton to New York on Monday as the slugger saw two doctors, one with MLB and one with the union. Daniels said he’s expecting a full report on that meeting within the next few days.

Kelley fills the position vacated by Johnny Narron, who left this offseason to become the hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kelley has a religious background as team chaplain at Alabama from 1996-99. Kelley has been around baseball at the college and high school level for more than 15 years, including a two-year stint as minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Royals.