Player information coach Rick Eckstein has left the
Eckstein, the older brother of former Angels shortstop
His duties will be assumed immediately by Rico Brogna, a special assistant to the general manager who will travel with the team to Texas for this weekend's series.
Eckstein, 41, joined the Angels last winter after spending 4 1/2 seasons as the
In his newly created position, he was essentially a liason between the coaching staff and scouting department, spending batting practice in uniform on the field and watching games from the press box, a suite or a seat in the stands.
Eckstein, who will serve as Kentucky's hitting coach, played for Kentucky Coach Gary Henderson at the University of Florida in the 1990s.