Popular pitching coach Dave Eiland has taken “a personal leave of absence” from the team, Joe Girardi said before tonight’s game.
The manager did not say much more than that.
“He’ll be gone as long as he needs and that’s all I’m going to share,” Girardi said.
Eiland spoke to reporters after Thursday afternoon’s game at the Stadium dressed in a coat and tie, the common dress of those in the Yankees' traveling party. Girardi would not say whether Eiland made the trip here and then departed.
Bullpen coach Mike Harkey, a pitching coach in the Padres organization from 2000-05, will serve as pitching coach in Eiland’s absence and advance scout Charlie Wonsowicz will move to the bullpen.
Eiland is in his third season as pitching coach and in his eighth year overall in the organization.
“We’ll carry on as business as usual,” Girardi said. “Obviously Dave’s very valuable to us, we’re going to miss him. Just like when you have a player go down, people have to pick up, help out. Everyone will help out and we’ll make it work.