Rob Picciolo promoted to bench coach

Updated: November 10, 2010, 9:34 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Angels have promoted Rob Picciolo to be their bench coach, among a series of moves the team announced Wednesday. Picciolo, who has been the organization's roving infield instructor since 2006, replaces Ron Roenicke, the new Milwaukee Brewers manager.

Picciolo was an infielder for the Angels, Oakland A's and Brewers during an eight-year major league career. He was the San Diego Padres' bench coach for 10 years.

The club also announced that ex-Angels All-Star Gary DiSarcina will become a special assistant to general manager Tony Reagins.

Additionally, Steve Soliz has been promoted from bullpen catcher to bullpen coach, with Tom Gregorio filling Soliz's spot as bullpen catcher. Adam Nevala will become the head medical trainer. The team fired trainer Ned Bergert, who had been with the team for 36 years, last month along with several scouts.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.