Neck tightness keeps Villarreal out of action

Neck tightness keeps Villarreal out of action

Neck tightness keeps Villarreal out of action
DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal hopes he'll be back in the coming days after missing his fourth consecutive game out of the All-Star break. However, his neck tightness has become enough of a concern that he spent Monday afternoon visiting a specialist.

No results were immediately available. Regardless, manager Jim Leyland isn't hiding his worry.

Villarreal told reporters Monday his neck cramped up while sleeping. He felt it on Friday in Baltimore, and it left him unable to turn his head as he normally would.

Villarreal is the one reliever who did not pitch in Saturday's 13-inning loss to the Orioles. In fact, he never warmed up.