"I told him to keep playing, it's still early," Castro said of his text messages to Baez. "'You're good. You can't get frustrated with 40 games, 50 games.'"
Castro said Baez seemed to be in a better place now. Manny Ramirez was expected to join Iowa soon as a player-coach, although it was uncertain when he would be with the Minor League team. Castro thought Ramirez could help the young players.
"He's good," Castro said. "He looks like he's crazy, but he's not. He works a lot. I talked to a lot of people who played with him, and he's crazy sometimes, but he works. He works a lot, and he's respected a lot."
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