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, however, and the incident won't require him to leave spring training.
Villarreal was not with the team on Sunday when it played the Braves. His next scheduled appearance is for Monday's game in Lakeland against the Braves.
Tom Gage of the Detroit News also confirmed that there was gunfire involved in the attempt.
It's not uncommon for players and their families from Latin and South America to become targets for financial gain. Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped and freed less than two years ago.
Hopefully the Tigers will help Villarreal get his family out of there so they'll never have to live through something like that again.