Brad Ausmus will work with catchers

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres have hired former big league catcher Brad Ausmus as a special assistant in baseball operations.

Ausmus, who retired after playing 21 games for the Dodgers this season, will work with catchers throughout the Padres' system.

Ausmus played parts of 18 major league seasons with the Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .251 with 80 home runs and 607 RBIs. Ausmus was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and was an All-Star with the Tigers in 1999.