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Tigers enlist ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa as assistant

Just four months removed from winning a World Series title and retiring from managing the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa will be returning to baseball.

According to, La Russa will assume a non-official role as an assistant with the Detroit Tigers during spring training.

"Tony's going to be down for a couple weeks," Leyland announced Thursday, according to the report. "He's going to work with Dave (Dombrowski) in the front office, and he's going over to Jupiter for a few days and then go out to Arizona for a few days. He will not be in uniform."

La Russa said shortly after retiring from the Cardinals that he would be interested in other positions around the league.