It was only a matter of time before Brian Sweeney moved up to a new role as a major league pitching coach, but the Guardians will still get to see plenty of the man who spent the last five seasons on their staff, including the last three as their bullpen coach. Sweeney was hired Thursday by the Royals to serve as pitching coach on manager Matt Quatraro’s staff.

The Guardians have not named Sweeney’s replacement.

Sweeney, 48, joined Cleveland in 2018 after working in Philadelphia’s player development system for three seasons. He was named bullpen coach in 2020 and guided Guardians relievers to a 6.6 fWAR in 2022, ranking second in the American League behind Houston.

Guardians manager Terry Francona recognized early on the kind of value that Sweeney brought to the organization and predicted in April that he would be hard to keep around.