A's make Ron Washington hiring official, he'll join team on Friday

Published May. 21, 2015 1:03 p.m. EDT

On Thursday, the Oakland A's confirmed recent reports that they were going to add former manager Ron Washington to the coaching staff. He will indeed join the club and lend a hand in trying to help the A's league-worst defense turn things around this season.

Washington worked with the A's from 1997-2006 as an infield coach and third base coach - a position Mike Gallego currently holds. Jane Lee of MLB.com notes, however, that Gallego is expected to retain his role even with Washington in the mix. Additionally, Washington will be in uniform but will not join the coaching staff in the dugout: 

The A's provided some more insight into Washington's professional accomplishments in their corresponding Facebook post about the news:

Welcome back Wash! The Oakland A’s have hired Ron Washington as a Major League coach. Washington will join the club...

Posted by Oakland Athletics on Thursday, May 21, 2015

(h/t MLB.com)