Brad Wilkerson turns into Yankees assistant hitting coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Former large leaguer Brad Wilkerson was employed because the New York Yankees’ assistant hitting coach on Monday.

He changed Hensley Meulens, who left in November to turn out to be Colorado’s hitting coach. Wilkerson and Casey Dykes will each be assistants to Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson.

The 45-year-old Wilkerson spent the previous three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville College. He hit .247 with 122 homers and 399 RBIs in eight seasons for Montreal/Washington (2001-05), Texas (2006-07), Seattle (2008) and Toronto (2008).

Wilkerson gained a gold medal with the 2000 U.S. Olympic baseball workforce and completed second to Colorado right-hander Jason Jennings in 2002 NL Rookie of the Yr voting.


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