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Doug Henry named Royals new bullpen coach

The Royals have made their first offseason addition by naming Doug Henry as the permanent bullpen coach.

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The Kansas City Royals took a few post-season days off before announcing their first addition of the 2012 MLB offseason. The team has added Doug Henry as the new bullpen coach, and it's expected to be the first of a few moves to a remade staff under manager Ned Yost.

"I'm happy to have Doug join our Major League staff," said Royals' manager Ned Yost. "He's a former big league pitcher with a ton of experience and has proven to be an excellent pitching coach in the minor leagues. He also has a familiarity with our young pitchers in the system which is a plus."

Henry has been the Royals AAA pitching coach in Omaha for the past three seasons, and he's served with the Royals since 2008.

"Doug has worked as a pitching coach or coordinator at nearly every minor league level and brings a strong working relationship with a majority of our current Major League relief pitchers," Dayton Moore said. "His experience in the game will be invaluable to our coaching staff as well as the pitchers he'll interact with on a daily basis."

Kevin Seitzer was recently let go as the team's hitting coach, so that's another move to be expected in the days and weeks to come.