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Detroit — The Tigers have informed Mike Rojas that he will not return as manager of the club’s Triple-A affiliate at Toledo in 2018.

David Littlefield, the Tigers director of player development, made the announcement Monday.

“This was a baseball decision,” Littlefield said in a statement. “We wanted to go in a different direction. We thank Mike Rojas for his contributions to the organization. We wish him the best moving forward.”

Rojas returned to the Tigers this season after a two-year stint with the Mariners. The Mud Hens were 70-71 this past season.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Tigers reliever Blaine Hardy, who spent three months in Toledo. “I thought he was a really good manager. It’s tough when you have a rotating team. I thought he did a really good job.

“I thought he managed the lineup, the bullpen and the rotation perfectly.”

It was Rojas’ second stint with the Mud Hens, going 82-61 in 2007. He also managed Class-A Lakeland for two years prior to that.

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