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03/29/2007 11:00 AM ET
Parrish out with ankle surgery
Mud Hens manager to miss first week

The Toledo Mud Hens will have to start the defense of their International League championship without their manager.

Larry Parrish will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday, April 4 in Detroit and will not be with the team for the first week of the season. His anticipated return to the team should be the home opener on Friday, April 13th, barring any setbacks. Parrish is not expected to coach third base for an extended period as he goes through physical rehab on his ankle.

The ankle surgery is required due to a degenerative condition.

Mud Hens Board President Mike Miller said, "We wish L.P. good luck in his surgery and hope for a speedy recovery. We are grateful to have a manager of his calibur who has managed the Hens to back to back Governors Cup Championships."

Toledo will have Mike Rojas acting as interim manager while Parrish is out. Rojas has been with the Detroit Tigers organization for 11 years. Most recently, he served as the Manager of Single-A Lakeland in the Florida State League in 2005 & 2006. In 2005, Rojas was named the Florida State League Manager of the Year when he guided the team to an 85-48 record. He was also named the Best Managerial Prospect in the league by Baseball America. Rojas has also managed in the Chicago White Sox organization and has 11 seasons under his belt as a minor league manager. Following the 2006 season, Mike was promoted to roving catching coordinator, a position he will resume once Larry is back at full strength. Mike was to assume to the role previously held by former Tiger great Bill Freehan, who retired following the 2005 season.

Rojas is the son of former major leaguer and coach Cookie Rojas.

Detroit Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta said, "We feel Mike is the most qualified within the organization to manage the Hens in Larry's absence. Once LP returns to the dugout, he will manage the club as long as he feels up to it and Mike will handle coaching 3rd base until LP can return to coaching duties."

The Hens will open the 2007 season on April 5 at Louisville with the home opener set for Friday, April 13 at 5:30 PM versus the Durham Bulls. For more ticket information, call 419-725-HENS.