OAKLAND, Calif. -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch is making a special addition to his All-Star coaching staff next month for baseball's summer classic in Washington: Retired Astros first base coach Rich Dauer will be in uniform and assisting Hinch.
"Just like old times," Hinch said in Oakland as the World Series champions opened a three-game series with the Athletics.
Last November, Dauer was rushed to a hospital immediately after Houston's victory parade to celebrate its first World Series title, and he survived a difficult surgery on a blood clot in his brain.
Dauer played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1976-85, winning a World Series with them in 1983. Dauer was hired by the Astros after the 2014 season.