Lakeland, Fla. — Tigertown will have to wait a bit to welcome new closer Francisco Rodriguez.
The team announced that Rodriguez was having trouble securing a visa to travel from Venezuela to the United States.
“This is something that happens all across spring training,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “There’s no concern at all.”
Thursday was the official reporting day for pitchers and catchers. Rodriguez was the only player missing. The Tigers aren't certain when he'll get here. Most had been in Lakeland for the better part of a week.
Right-hander Bruce Rondon was in camp for the first time Thursday and is expected to meet with the media Friday.
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Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel will manage Team Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Vizquel, in his third season with the Tigers, is a native of Caracas and recently enshrined in the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.
… Besides signing right-handed pitcher Bobby Parnell to a minor league contract Thursday, the team also worked out former Astros and White Sox right-hander Lucas Harrell. The signing of Parnell most likely precludes the signing of Harrell for now.