La Russa to assist Leyland at Tigers camp

La Russa to assist Leyland at Tigers camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though he won't be leading the Cardinals through their spring workouts for the first time in 17 years, former manager Tony La Russa is not going to be entirely absent from the Spring Training scene.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters in Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday that La Russa is scheduled to spend a few weeks assisting Detroit during its spring camp. La Russa's role, as Leyland explained it, will primarily entail working with Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.

La Russa will not be in uniform.

Dombrowski and La Russa have worked together before. Dombrowski was in the White Sox front office -- working then as an assistant to general manager Roland Hemond -- while La Russa managed the big league club.

La Russa, who ended his distinguished managerial career shortly after the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, is also expected to visit St. Louis' camp this spring.