Candidate list grows for pitching post

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has interviewed a third candidate for the team’s pitching coach vacancy, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In addition to former A’s and Mets coach Rick Peterson, who interviewed last Monday on the East Coast, and former D-backs coach Bryan Price, who interviewed in Arizona on Thursday or Friday, Melvin has met, according to the newspaper, with Chuck Hernandez, who spent 2009 as Cleveland’s bullpen coach.

Hernandez, 48, has been a big-league pitching coach for the Angels (where he served alongside Brewers manager Ken Macha from 1992-94), Rays and Tigers, and was rumored to be a Brewers candidate last year when the team was searching for a replacement for Mike Maddux. But Melvin urged Macha to pick longtime Brewers bullpen coach Bill Castro

The move didn’t work. Castro was dismissed on Aug. 12, and Melvin opted not to offer his interim replacement, Chris Bosio, or bullpen coach Stan Kyles, a contract for 2010.

Price, 47, has been the pitching coach for the Mariners and D-backs. He was with Arizona from 2006-2009 but resigned in June after Arizona fired manager Bob Melvin and has been working as a consultant with the Phillies. He’s also been mentioned as a candidate for an opening on Florida’s staff.

Peterson may be the strongest candidate because of his ties to Macha and third base coach Brad Fischer from Oakland, plus bench coach Willie Randolph from New York, and last week he confirmed his strong interest in the Milwaukee job to

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