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Reports: Brewers move Jason Lane to first base coach, hire new assistant hitting coach

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The Brewers fill a vacancy and shuffle their staff

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The Milwaukee Brewers are promoting from within to replace Carlos Subero as their first base coach, according to reports.

Robert Murray says that job will go to assistant hitting coach Jason Lane.

Another report (and the Twitter account of the party in question) says the Brewers have hired Pittsburgh assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz to the same role. Cruz previously worked with hitting coach Andy Haines in Chicago, and could also serve an important communicaion role, as he speaks Spanish. The Brewers lost one of its few Spanish-speaking coaches when they let Subero go.

Lane has been a longtime member of the Brewers’ coaching staff, joining the organization as an assistant hitting coach in December 2015, shortly after his playing career ended.

Subero was fired last month after spending four years on Craig Counsell’s staff. Subero also doubled as the team’s infield coach. There’s no word yet on whether Lane will fill the same role.