July 13th, 2007

Ledezma's travel nightmare

In the tradition of keeping up with ex-Tigers, here’s the travel misadventure for Wilfredo Ledezma that might have people checking their pockets twice next time they travel. He’s stuck in Venezuela for now because his visa was destroyed in what the Braves called a "washing incident." There’s a punchline here, but as someone who nearly left his cell phone at the airport on the way to San Francisco for the all-star game, I’m in no position to give it. From MLB.com’s Mark Bowman:

While the details aren’t certain, it’s believed that Ledezma’s visaand passport were damaged when he left them in an article of clothing
that was placed in the washer. Consequently, they were destroyed to the
point that he wasn’t able to travel back to Atlanta for Friday night’s
series opener against the Pirates.

Ledezma, who was acquired from the Tigers on June 20, has already
received a new passport. But because it might be until the middle of
next week before he gets the visa that will allow him re-entry into the
United States, the Braves have placed him on the restricted list and
filled his spot on the 25-man roster by recalling right-handed reliever
Jose Ascanio from Double-A Mississippi.

Tigers trade Roman Colon

He’s off to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named later. Like the Maroth trade, the Tigers will choose a minor leaguer off of a list, in this case by Oct. 15.

Colon’s future with the Tigers basically ended when his elbow connected with Jason Karnuth in that Toledo fight. This was the way for the Tigers to send him out and get at least something in return. He’ll join what seems to be a recycling drive for KC, which signed John Thomson in June and has claimed for acquired three other players (including ex-Tiger Jason Smith) this month.