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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Viola to join Backman in Las Vegas

By Adam Rubin


Adam RubinFrank Viola will serve as Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach in 2014.


Frank Viola is getting a promotion.

Viola, who served as low-A Savannah's pitching coach the past two seasons, will serve in that role for Wally Backman with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

George Greer will return as the 51s' hitting coach.

Viola is expected to work with some of the organization's top pitching prospects to open the year, potentially including Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.