Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 7.23.17 AMBy Jon Weisman

Seven-year MLB veteran Luis Matos will manage the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate in Great Lakes, succeeding Bill Haselman.

Last week, it was announced that Haselman has moved to manage Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in place of P.J. Forbes, who resigned for family reasons.

Matos had previously been named a coach with Great Lakes for 2015. Most recently, he was a hitting coach this past winter for Crillos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League and also served as a coach in MLB’s Puerto Rico Youth Summer League.

“It was a surprise, because this was going to be my first year coaching (in the U.S.), but when they asked if I wanted to manage how could I say no?” Matos said. “It’s a challenge and I like that.”

The 36-year-old former outfielder had a career .687 OPS in the Majors, peaking in 2003, when at age 24, he had a .353 on-base percentage and .458 slugging percentage in 486 plate appearances for the Orioles.

A new coach for the Loons to take Matos’ previous position remains to be announced.