The Rangers have made progress toward filling out the vacancies on manager Ron Washington's staff. Top candidates have been identified and some have been contacted, said general manager Jon Daniels, but the first interviews probably won't take place until late next week.
Daniels, Washington and president Nolan Ryan will be in Surprise, Ariz., next week for organizational meetings and to observe the Instructional League. Daniels will likely return to Arlington on Thursday.
Among the possible candidates is Jackie Moore, who could replace Art Howe as bench coach. He spent 2008 with Houston but is a former Rangers coach and an Arlington resident who has ties to Ryan. Also, Argyle resident Perry Hill is a candidate to take over as a fielding instructor, but the Rangers are one of several teams to have expressed interest.
Andy Hawkins is the lone internal candidate to be the pitching coach. He held the position for the final two months of the season after replacing Mark Connor. Hawkins is also a candidate to be the bullpen coach.
-- Jeff Wilson