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Williams returns to third base coaching box

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The Diamondbacks put their full coaching staff on the field Thursday for the first time this season when Matt Williams worked third base and Glenn Sherlock returned to his customary duties as the bullpen coach.

Williams missed half of spring training and the first 23 games of the regular season with a broken foot suffered while playing pepper.

"I feel like part of the team again," said Williams, who coached first base last year, his first season as a major league coach.

Williams actually never left. While wearing a walking boot on his right foot, Williams coached from the dugout for the first four weeks, doing his normal work in positioning defenders while soaking up input from manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell.

"It was good -- getting an idea for 'Gibby,' what he wants to do and his thoughts in certain situations. Now I get to relay it to the players. It'll be fun," Williams said

Sherlock, who also served as the third base coach when then-third base coach Al Pedrique became interim manager after Bob Brenly was let go in 2004, has been the bullpen coach since 2005. Because Major League Baseball would not permit the D-backs to dress a seventh coach this season, bullpen catcher Jeff Motuzas served as the bullpen coach while Sherlock was in the third base coaching box.

"It was great. I enjoyed coaching third base. It was a lot of fun," said Sherlock, adding that the biggest adjustment came in the split-second judgments involving outfield arms and the speed of the runners. "You are really involved in the game in a different way. There's a lot going on, every play. That's kind of how I did it, pitch by pitch. The longer I was out there, the more comfortable I got.

"Matty's been chomping at the bit. It's been a long time for him. He'll be great over there. It's been hard for him on the sidelines. We talked constantly throughout the game and after the game. I think it was good for both of us, talking about a lot of the situations."

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