Sveum confirmed as hitting coach

Sveum confirmed as hitting coach

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers had no official word on Monday about additional coaching appointments, but general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that Dale Sveum will remain with the team in a new role, as hitting coach, and said that Wisconsin's Brad Fischer is a candidate for one of the remaining openings at third base or on the bench.

Fischer is most likely a fit at third base. He spent 29 years in the A's organization as a player and coach through 2007 and was new Brewers manager Ken Macha's first-base coach from 2003-05 before returning to his former role as bullpen coach in 2006.

"He was in Oakland a long time and did a lot of different things for them," Melvin said of Fischer. "He's a very versatile guy."

Sveum, who managed the Brewers for the final 12 regular-season games and four playoff games in 2008, is back in the fold as a replacement for hitting coach Jim Skaalen, who was not offered a new contract.

Sveum's role was decided after a series of chats with Macha last week.

"I said I'm open to anything," Sveum told MLB.com on Thursday, after Macha was introduced as manager. "Hitting has always been a passion of mine, so I told them not to rule that out."

Last week, a club spokesperson announced that first-base coach Ed Sedar and bullpen coach Bill Castro would also return.

Now, Castro's role could change. He will be one of thee candidates interviewed for the pitching coach slot that opened on Sunday when Mike Maddux accepted the same job with the Texas Rangers.

The Brewers had a multiyear offer on the table for Maddux for some time, but he met with Rangers officials over the weekend and received a better offer. Maddux, the older brother of free-agent right-hander Greg Maddux, had been the Brewers' pitching coach for six seasons.

Castro has been the Brewers' bullpen coach for 17 seasons, though he served as pitching coach from mid-August 2002 through the end of that season after Dave Stewart resigned. Castro is also the pitching coach for the Dominican Republic's entry to the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The Brewers had planned to wait until the full coaching staff was in place to make a formal announcement, but they may now rethink that plan because the search for a pitching coach could take some time.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.