Tim WakefieldTim Wakefield is the latest Red Sox player to join back up with the team after his playing days are over, joining the likes of Jason Varitek and Pedro Martinez among the club’s recent hires.

Wakefield is returning to the Red Sox as an honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and as a special assignment instructor with baseball operations, according to a statement by the team Friday.

“With the foundation,” the statement reads, “Wakefield will bring his vast experience to a variety of areas, including fundraising events, community service days and the personal visits that characterized his community commitment throughout his career.

“On the field, Wakefield will handle specific instructional assignments for general manager Ben Cherington and his staff.”

The 46-year-old former pitcher has previously worked with the team tutoring other young hurlers, most notably fellow knuckleballer Stephen Wright. In his 19 major league seasons, Wake compiled a 200-180 record with a 4.41 ERA and 2,156 career strikeouts.