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Kerry Wood returns to Fitch in new role for Cubs
MESA, Ariz. — Kerry Wood was back in uniform as the Cubs held their first workouts of the spring with pitchers and catchers Tuesday, working with pitchers in a special instructor role.
“It’s just the presence of those guys,” manager Dale Sveum said of the value of having former players of that stature participate in camp. “Sometimes a young player might listen to a Kerry Wood more than a Dale Sveum.”
Of course, any of those players who were on the team last year were teammates of the star-crossed former All-Star starter and closer, who retired during last season.
Wood’s long-term role with the club is still being defined. For now, Sveum says, he expects Wood to help as an instructor during stretches this spring and even during the season.
“It gives him the opportunity, too, to get on this side of the wall and see if he enjoys this part of it,” Sveum said, “front office, development, whatever it might be.”