The Texas Rangers have named former big league pitcher Colby Lewis as a special assistant to the general manager in a flurry of organizational changes, according to executive vice president of communications John Blake. In addition to bringing Lewis aboard, the Rangers have named former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu as the club’s bench coach, former New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen as the team’s assistant pitching coach and Steve Buechele its first base coach. While Lewis never officially retired from baseball, he last pitched in 2016 after spending most of his 11-year major-league career with the Rangers. In his final season, he started 19 games and went 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA, allowing 103 hits while striking out 73 opposing batters over 116.1 innings of work. The 38-year-old, who played his collegiate baseball at Bakersfield College, was originally selected by Texas in the first round (38th pick overall) of the 1999 MLB June Amateur Draft.