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Red Sox pitching coach out for part of season

2/24/2006 - Boston Red Sox

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox pitching coach Dave Wallace had hip
surgery after developing an infection and is expected to miss at
least several months of the regular season.
The 58-year-old Wallace was in stable condition at Massachusetts
General Hospital after the operation Thursday.
He developed the right hip infection about three weeks ago
during his drive south for the start of spring training. The
infection was related to a hip replacement he had a decade ago.
Bullpen coach Al Nipper was appointed interim pitching coach at
the start of spring training and is expected to remain in that role
until Wallace returns. Wallace joined the Red Sox in 2003.
"I don't expect it to be a problem or anything that's an
issue," pitcher Matt Clement said. "I think [Nipper] kind of
comes out of Wally's mold, in a way. To me, a pitching coach is
more of a psychologist than a pitching coach."
Wallace became pitching coach on June 9, 2003, when Tony
Cloninger took a medical leave of absence. Wallace has spent most
of his career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Dodgers