Yankees bring back Mike Harkey as bullpen coach

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The Yankees announced this afternoon that Mike Harkey has returned to his former post as bullpen coach. He replaces Gary Tuck, who was let go after the season.

Harkey was fired by the Diamondbacks last month after two seasons as pitching coach. He was Joe Girardi’s bullpen coach for six seasons prior to leaving for the opportunity with Arizona.

In addition to bringing back Harkey, the Yankees announced that first base coach Tony Pena also will take on the duties of catching instructor in 2016. This was previously Tuck’s responsibility.