Russell to keep role as bench coach

Russell to keep role as bench coach

Russell to keep role as bench coach
PITTSBURGH -- When asked on Tuesday if the switch in roles for John Russell -- from third-base coach to bench coach -- would be something more permanent beyond the series vs. the Pirates, Orioles manager Buck Showalter left that door open.

On Wednesday, Russell confirmed that he would remain the bench coach for the majority of the season, telling the Pirates' pregame show that it's what's best for the team. Willie Randolph, who started the season as bench coach, has been the third-base coach for the three-game set in Pittsburgh. Showalter gave a multitude of reasons for the switch, including Russell's knee problems and his familiarity with the Pirates.

"It fits with where we are right now a little better," Showalter said on Tuesday, "and takes advantage of the needs of the players a little better."