D-backs name Narron as bench coach to replace Gardenhire

PHOENIX  — The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Jerry Narron to bench coach, replacing Ron Gardenhire, who was hired to manage the Detroit Tigers.

Narron is in his second year with the Diamondbacks. Last year, he initially was named manager of Arizona’s Triple-A team in Reno but moved up to the big league club to serve as bench coach while Gardenhire was undergoing cancer treatment.

Narron remained as a coach with the Diamondbacks after Gardenhire returned. Narron managed the Texas Rangers in 2001-02 and the Cincinnati Reds from 2005 to 2007. He also had stints as bench coach with Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Boston.

The Diamondbacks added Luis “Pipe” Urueta as coach and did not renew the contract of Ariel Prieto as coach and interpreter.

Ken Crenshaw was promoted to the new position of director of sports medicine, performance.

There were no other changes from last season’s staff: Mike Butcher as pitching coach; Dave Magadan as hitting coach; Dave McKay as first-base coach; Tony Perezchica as third-base coach; Mike Fetters as bullpen coach; Tim Laker as assistant hitting coach; and Robby Hammock as quality-control/catching coach.

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