The family of Detroit Tigers right-hander Brayan Villarreal was the target of an armed kidnapping attempt in Villarreals native Venezuela, according to the pitchers agent, Hector Gomez.
Gomez told FOXSports.com that Villarreals father, mother and youngest brother were unharmed in the incident, although it ended only after there was gunfire between the assailants and local police in Valencia.
The Tigers and Major League Baseball security were notified, Gomez said, and Villarreals family has been moved to a different residence. Villarreal, who had a 2.63 ERA in 50 appearances with Detroit last year, has remained with the Tigers at their spring camp in Lakeland, Fla.
We spoke, and hes thankful to God that nothing happened, Gomez said. He had mixed feelings. He was angry. He was confused. He was sad. He was worried about his parents. But now he knows they are safe.
Hes OK now. I spent the night with him and his (other) brother, who is here (in Florida). We talked. Hes doing much bet...