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Epstein details? Don't ask

Sox plan statement, not press conference

More strangeness from Fenway?

According to a team source, the Red Sox plan to release a statement today -- rather than hold a press conference -- regarding the duties of Theo Epstein, their former general manager who is returning to the team.

According to the source, team executives last night were putting together personal statements to be included in the release, which will explain Epstein's role with the team.

Just after 7:30 p.m. last Thursday, the Red Sox announced, via e-mail, that Epstein was returning to the team. The statement said, in part, ''Theo will return to the Red Sox in a fulltime baseball operations capacity, details of which will be announced next week." The statement concluded with, ''The Red Sox and Theo Epstein will have no further comment until next week."

Now it appears that Sox fans might have to wait a little longer for an explanation of the curious departure and return of Epstein. If the club does not hold a press conference, Epstein, embattled owner John Henry, and CEO Larry Lucchino would be protected from a barrage of inquiries regarding what has changed within the organization's power structure since Epstein left the club Oct. 31.

Such a public relations strategy would represent a dramatic departure from the ownership's media-friendly style. This is, after all, an organization that held a press conference in December to explain the non-signing of free agent outfielder Johnny Damon.

As of late last night, Henry, Lucchino, and Tom Werner had not returned calls from the Globe.

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