WASHINGTON | The Washington Nationals have hired Bob Schaefer as a special assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo.
Schaefer was the bench coach for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre the past three seasons.
He also was an interim manager with the Kansas City Royals in 1991 and 2005, and has worked as bench coach for that club and the Oakland Athletics, in addition to being a special assistant to the GM with the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles.
Also Monday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was one of 11 players who earned a spot on the Topps major league rookie All-Star team. He went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 12 starts before needing season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Sept. 3.