Brayan Villarreal has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Red Sox announced Monday.
Villarreal, who joined the Red Sox as part of the trade that brought Jake Peavy to Boston, had been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Grady Sizemore. The right-hander has been invited to major league spring training.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.—According to a report from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, the Pawtucket Red Sox have activated pitcher Brayan Villarreal from the disabled list Wednesday and placed pitcher Charlie Haeger on the temporary inactive list. The 26-year-old Villarreal was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team deal that sent infielder Jose Iglesias to the Tigers and pitcher...
Rough year for Brayan Villarreal, who has battled some arm troubles in Toledo and was enjoying a meal at Red Lobster when he learned his family was almost kidnapped. Thankfully the family's okay, but the current Mud Hen was recently placed on the disabled list because he reportedly slipped in the shower, lost his balance, and injured his thumb. From the Toledo Blade blog:
After four games, the Tigers bullpen has displayed an array of troubles, but none more so than the struggles of Brayan Villarreal. Taking a close look, it becomes readily apparent why Villarreal is struggling (it’s not just bad luck), and why he needs time in the minors to address his issues. FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – For the third straight game, the Tigers offense fails to put up runs, and yet again, the bullpen was hit hard. This time it was Brayan Villarreal’s turn to act as the punching bag. Villarreal allowed 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, extending the Twins lead to [...]
Brayan Villarreal was sitting at a Red Lobster restaurant when he was texted by his mother that there was danger at his home in Venezuela.
Villarreal was stunned to find out that his father, mother, and 14-year-old brother had been robbed at gunpoint in their own home and held captive last Friday. None of them were harmed, but his father and brother were tied up.
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2013
Adds background The Detroit Tigers say reliever Brayan Villarreal is not expected to leave spring training after his family escaped unharmed from a kidnapping attempt in Venezuela on Friday night.
Villarreal has remained with the team. Manager Jim Leyland did not want to comment further about the matter, saying Sunday: ''The less said, the better.''
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2013
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Brayan Villareal is breathing a bit easier today after his family was unharmed after an armed kidnapping attempt in his native Venezuela.
The Tigers confirmed Sunday that the family of relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal was the target of an unsuccessful armed kidnapping on Friday night in Venezuela.
No members of Villarreal's family were harmed...
Sadly for many Venezuelan MLB players the issue of kidnapping attempts has been a constant concern, and now the family of Tigers pitcher Brayan Villarreal was the latest targets.
Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowki issued the following statement via ESPN
“Everybody is unharmed, and Villarreal is in camp,”
The kidnapping attempt took place last Friday night and no one...
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The Detroit Tigers have shut down Brayan Villarreal after giving him permission this winter to pitch in Venezuela. Villarreal is a native of Venezuela, and he wanted to pitch in his home country during the winter in an effort to stay sharp for the 2013 season. However, Villarreall experienced elbow soreness this winter, and the Tigers do not want to take any risks.