Rodriguez completed his four-game suspension on Thursday and was
supposed to rejoin the Tigers for the start of their three-game
series in Kansas City. Trammell said he was told that Rodriguez's
flight had been delayed and that the catcher had been conducting
personal business in Colombia.
"I'm disappointed, as we all are. I was going to have him in
the lineup," Trammell said before the game. "But he's not here,
so other than that, 'til we see him, I don't really know. But I'm
not going to put him in the lineup. I'm not going to change it. I'm
not going to do that."
Rodriguez's absence was a break for the Royals, who were hoping
to snap a team-record 13-game losing streak. In 126 games against
Kansas City, Rodriguez is hitting .358 with 40 doubles, 15 home
runs and 72 RBI.
Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball after getting
ejected during the Tigers' game at Oakland on July 5. He was
ejected for arguing balls and strikes and then went chest-to-chest
with umpire Ted Barrett, touching him on the shoulder with his