Castro happy to work with Manny in spring camp

Cubs shortstop impressed by former outfielder's hitting knowledge

Castro happy to work with Manny in spring camp

MESA, Ariz. -- Manny Ramirez has only been in Cubs camp since Wednesday, but he's already had an impact on the players.

"I think he has a great idea about hitting," shortstop Starlin Castro said of Ramirez, who was hired as a hitting consultant. "He was a great hitter and he can tell you everything about hitting. I think he's really smart.

"He can look at you and tell you, 'Hey, when I played, I just stayed middle all the way,'" Castro said. "He works every day with Javy [Baez]. I see him working hard with [Jorge] Soler and the young kids, [Albert] Almora, [Kris] Bryant. I think it'll be good for us."

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Ramirez is expected to stay with the Cubs all spring and be in Chicago for at least one homestand a month.

"I think it'll be really good for us, especially the young guys," Castro said. "That guy had a wonderful career. He knows a lot about this game and I think everybody listens to him. I think he'll explain it, and he can help a lot of guys."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.