Ivan Rodriguez was late getting back to the Tigers Friday in Kansas City, Mo., and Manager Alan Trammell acknowledged he was "disappointed."

Rodriguez completed his four-game suspension on Thursday and was supposed to rejoin the Tigers for the start of their three-game series against the Royals. (The game was rained out.) 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 rained-out game. "But he's not here, so other than that, till 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 mask.

* RHODES RETURNS: Indians reliever Arthur Rhodes was activated from the bereavement list. The left-hander had missed the past week because of a family illness.

* MARINERS' MOVES: Seattle placed OF Chris Snelling on the 15-day disabled list, two days after he sprained his left knee in a 14-inning loss to Minnesota.

The Mariners activated RHP Ryan Franklin, who returned from a 10-day suspension for violating baseball's steroid policy. Manager Mike Hargrove said Franklin will start against the Angels tonight.

* BIG MOMENT: Seattle SuperSonics star Ray Allen took batting practice with the Mariners, whiffing at several pitches before he picked a good one and hit it over the left field wall at Safeco Field. That turned out to be his final swing.

"When I hit one over, I knew I was good," Allen said, a big smile on his face. Allen was a guest of Seattle reliever Jeff Nelson, his neighbor in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah.

"It only took him 100-something swings," Nelson joked. "But the last one looked good. He got it out."

-- From News Services

Former Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen signs an autograph for Ron Blazic, of Independence, Mo., who brought along a poster commemorating the Royals' 1985 World Series victory.