Sox 'optimistic' hitting coach will make full recovery

Sox 'optimistic' hitting coach will make full recovery
June 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn is recovering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage — bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain - at Cleveland Clinic.

The Red Sox announced the initial news on Colbrunn Thursday night. On Friday, Sox GM Ben Cherington gave an update.

"There's not a lot of detail I can share but I can say that Greg is stable and we have a good prognosis and obviously in really good hands with the people there at Cleveland Clinic," Cherington said. "He'll likely be in Cleveland for a few more days, but everything we've heard is that there's a very optimistic prognosis and that he's doing well and obviously all of our thoughts are with him, his wife Erica, and his family. And we know he's getting really good care. Beyond that, there's really not much more I can say but it's looking good and everyone is optimistic about a full recovery."

With Colbrunn recovering, the Red Sox will bring up Tim Hyers, their minor league hitting coordinator, for the time being. The hope is that Colbrunn can return.

"We expect Tim Hyers will join the team likely today," Cherington said. "I'm sure you can ask john later in terms of division of responsibilities and that sort of thing, but we expect Tim Hyers to join the team and help us out. And yes at this point we do expect Greg to rejoin the team, but it's just too early to say when."

Colbrunn, 44, has been the team's hitting instructor since the beginning of the 2013 season. He was a first baseman in the major leagues for the Expos (1992-93), Marlins (1994-96), Twins (1997), Braves (1997-98), Rockies (1998), Diamondbacks (1999-2002, ’04) and Mariners (2003), and spent six seasons as a minor-league manager and instructor in the Yankees system prior to joining the Red Sox.