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February 25, 2008
Journal photo / Brita Meng Outzen
Manny Ramirez greets fans as he heads out to the practice field today in Fort Myers.
I attempted to engage Manny Ramirez in some discussion about Bartolo Colon, with whom he is very friendly.
I didn't get very far.
``I didn't even know we had signed him,'' said Ramirez as he dressed this morning.
When I asked if he thought Colon could help the Sox, given the injuries he's battled the last two seasons, Ramirez gave me a strange look.
``I'm not a pitching coach,'' said Ramirez.
And that was that.
On the subject of pitching coaches -- sort of -- Bruce Hurst has accepted a formal par-ttime position with the organization and will serve as a Special Instructor for Player Development.
Hurst has been in camp for the last two weeks, but in an informal, undefined role. He has agreed to travel once or twice a month to the Sox' minor league affiliates and continue as a spring training instructor.
``I think this is THE elite organization in baseball,'' said Hurst, who pitched for the Sox between 1980-1988. ``It's the epitome of this place can be.''
Hurst said he will stress mechanics, command and mental toughness when he works with the young pitchers in the organization.
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