NEWS
09/27/2011 04:59 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

After Guillen's departure, close friend Cora won't manage White Sox

CHICAGO - Pitching coach Don Cooper will take over for departed Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for the final two games of the season, not bench coach Joey Cora.

Guillen asked to be released from his contract Monday when the team would not grant him an extension.

Cora and general manager Ken Williams exchanged texts and had a phone conversation Tuesday. It was decided that Cora would not come to the park for the two games.

Cora is a close friend and former teammate of Guillen's with the White Sox and could join Guillen, if — as expected — he takes the manager's job with the Florida Marlins.

The team also announced that it had agreed to terms on a multi-year contracts with Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines.

Mike Gellinger will serve as bench coach for the final two games.