Tigers’ K-Rod: No visa issues, heading to Lakeland

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Lakeland, Fla. — Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez took to social media Wednesday morning to dispute Venezuelan media reports that he was unable to leave Venezuela due to visa problems.

In Spanish, he posted on Instagram that the reports were false, they he has no visa problems and was on his way to Lakeland.

“I don’t worry about Frankie at all,” manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday morning. “This guy is as professional as anyone in the game of baseball. Last year, he arrived a little late but when he gets here, his work ethic is unsurpassed.”

Ausmus talked to Rodriguez on Sunday.

“He has been throwing in Venezuela,” he said. “I asked if he wanted to throw more innings early to get ready for the WBC and he said no. He wants to stick with the same program. There is no concern at all.”

Rodriguez’s previous three springs arrivals were delayed by visa issues. He is expected to arrive in Lakeland sometime Wednesday.