According to ESPNChicago, Mark Parent is headed to Chicago to be the new bench coach of the White Sox, beside new manager Robin Ventura, who was named as the replacement for the departed Ozzie Guillen, who parted ways with the team after 8 seasons.
Parent, a former big league catcher, had been a manager in the Phillies developmental system for each of the past two seasons. In 2010 he led the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws to their second straight South Atlantic League championship. And in 2011, he was at the helm for the playoff bound Double A Reading Phillies.
The Phillies recently granted the White Sox permission to speak with Parent about their coaching vacancy.
Parent played 13 seasons in the Majors, spending time with Philadelphia, San Diego, Texas, Baltimore, Detroit and the Chicago Cubs.
Another former Phillie, Jeff Manto, is also rumored to a candidate to join the White Sox coaching staff.
The new coaches will take over a White Sox team that finished the 2011 season 4 games under .500 and 12 games behind the wild card leading Tampa Bay Rays.
In other news, sources have confirmed that Phillies 2011 1st round draft pick Larry Greene Jr. has been shut down for the remainder of the Florida Instructional League. Greene, who suffered a groin injury at the outset of instructs in Clearwater, has been sidelined for the full extent of the month-long exhibition season. Despite feeling considerable improvement in the area, Greene will be kept out of action by the Phillies.
Greene, a power hitting outfielder selected out of Berrion County High School in Georgia, is expected to make his official in-game debut as a member of the Phillies organization next spring.
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