Pat Corrales will not return as the Nationals' bench coach, manager Davey Johnson told reporters during a conference call after the team announced Monday morning that he would return as manager in 2012.
Johnson said the rest of the members of his coaching staff - first base coach Trent Jewett, third base coach Bo Porter, hitting coach Rick Eckstein, pitching coach Steve McCatty and bullpen coach Jim Lett - would also be back next season.
Corrales, 70, a longtime friend and confidant of Johnson, will return to an unspecified role in the organization, Johnson said.
Before joining Johnson's staff in June, Corrales had also been a special adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo. Corrales, a former major league catcher who also managed the Rangers, Indians and Phillies, also spent time working with minor league catchers in the Washington organization.
His tenure under Johnson marked Corrales' third time as a Nationals bench coach. He had held the role in 2007-08 under Manny Acta and for the second half of the 2009 season, after Jim Riggleman replaced Acta.
Neither Johnson nor Rizzo would say who would take over as bench coach, but Johnson said the pair has had some discussions about a possible successor to Corrales.