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Retired Wood in camp as special instructor


MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs can't retire No. 34 yet. Kerry Wood still needs it.

Wood, 35, is listed as a special instructor on the Cubs' Spring Training roster. The pitcher, who retired last May after 14 seasons, including 12 with the Cubs, joined the coaches to watch the pitchers throw their bullpen sessions on Tuesday at Fitch Park.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he hopes some of Wood's experience rubs off on the young players.

"The presence of those guys -- sometimes a young player will listen to a Kerry Wood more than a Dale Sveum," Sveum said. "It's just a presence and giving him the opportunity to get on this side of the wall and see if he enjoys this part of it, front office, development, whatever it might be."

Wood, who finished with 1,582 strikeouts, is expected to be in camp off and on throughout the spring.

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