According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves for the vacant role of pitching coach. Nieves joins Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson as the first two known candidates for the position; the Sox expect to interview at least one to two additional candidates for the job.
Nieves, 47, has served as White Sox bullpen coach since 2008. The Chicago bullpen ranked eighth in the American League under Nieves last year, the third time in five seasons that it finished with that ranking in the AL; the team also finished 10th in 2011 and fifth in 2010 in bullpen ERA.
Before landing his job as bullpen coach, Nieves was a pitching coach for nine years in Chicago's minor league system. He also spent four years working in the Yankees' farm system from 1992-95. The native of Puerto Rico pitched for three years in the majors with the Brewers from 1986-88, going 32-25 with a 4.71 ERA. He delivered the first no-hitter in Brewers history on April 15, 1987.
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