CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez was expected to join the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa team soon, and reliever Zac Rosscup got a chance to meet the slugger during his rehab in Mesa, Ariz.
"You see him and you're like, 'Oh my gosh, that's Manny Ramirez,'" Rosscup told The Des Moines Register. "But he's a normal guy."
A career .312 hitter, Ramirez hit 555 home runs but was suspended twice for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. The Cubs have hired him as a player-coach for the Triple-A team.
Rosscup told The Register he was eager to see the outfielder.
"He's a great dude," Rosscup said. "I'm excited to see him play."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.