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Alex Avila | Catcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Alex Avila hit a home run and walked twice in three plate appearances, but the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Monday in game two of a doubleheader.
Avila put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run to left-center off of Erik Johnson in the third inning. It's only the fourth home run the catcher has hit this season. He has a lopsided .194/.342/.291 batting line as he's drawn walks in over 18 percent of his 203 plate appearances. Sep 21 - 10:21 PM

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Alex Avila is out of the Tigers' lineup on Thursday.

James McCann is starting behind the plate and batting seventh in Detroit's series finale against the Mariners. Avila is just 8-for-42 (.190) since returning in early July from more left knee problems. McCann may be the Tigers' best option at catcher going forward.
Jul 23 - 10:35 AM

Alex Avila is starting at first base for the Tigers on Saturday in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera.

Avila will bat fifth for the Tigers on Saturday. It isn't quite clear yet how the Tigers plan to manage the first base position in Cabrera's absence. Jefry Marte was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, but they may not want to throw him right in against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Jul 4 - 9:55 AM

Tigers activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

Avila missed nearly two months of action with a left knee issue. He returns to a .200/.342/.317 batting line with two homers across 22 games this season.
Jul 3 - 3:25 PM

Alex Avila (knee) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday, going 1-for-3 and catching for five innings.

He'll serve as the designated hitter in Saturday's game before getting back behind the dish on Sunday. He's likely to remain on his rehab assignment for a week or two to get his timing back, having been on the shelf since May 7. With James McCann excelling as the Tigers starting catcher, Avila will probably face a time share when he returns.
Jun 27 - 8:58 AM

Alex Avila (knee) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

Avila ran the bases at full speed on Monday morning at Progressive Field in Cleveland, where the Tigers are playing a three-game series. He'll likely head to one of the club's minor league affiliates when the Tigers head home on Thursday. Avila has been on the disabled list since early May with discomfort in his left knee. He's on track to return to the active roster in early July.
Jun 22 - 3:04 PM

Alex Avila (knee) could begin a rehab assignment after the conclusion of the Tigers' road trip next Wednesday.

Avila threw to bases and went through blocking drills on Thursday. "This week is like a mini-spring training," he said. "I feel really good." Avila is expected to require 4-6 rehab games, putting him on track to return right around the start of July.
Jun 19 - 10:26 AM

Alex Avila (knee) could catch a bullpen session on Wednesday or Thursday.

Avila had to be shut down for a bit earlier this month after feeling renewed discomfort in his left knee, but he took batting practice Tuesday and will throw to bases on Wednesday. Squatting to catch a 'pen session is the next step and the Tigers will "see where he is after that," according to manager Brad Ausmus.
Jun 17 - 9:30 AM

Alex Avila (knee) is taking full batting practice with the team on Saturday for the first time since experiencing renewed discomfort in his knee.

He's still several weeks away from a potential return to the club, but this is a step in the right direction. Barring any further setbacks, he could rejoin the Tigers before the end of June.
Jun 13 - 1:49 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Alex Avila's left knee showed no new damage.

Avila was shut down over the weekend after complaining of renewed discomfort in his knee, but it's nothing more than routine soreness. He has been cleared to resume baseball activities and may now be on track to return to the Tigers' active roster before the end of June. James McCann is serving as Detroit's regular catcher.
Jun 10 - 5:10 PM

Alex Avila has been shut down indefinitely after complaining of renewed discomfort in his left knee.

Avila had been cleared to resume baseball activities last week, but he's now back to square one. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and the Tigers are gathering opinions on the results. James McCann will continue to function as the primary catcher in Detroit.
Jun 9 - 4:27 PM

Alex Avila (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

The catcher said he got through the session without any issues. There's no timetable for Avila's return, but he resumed baseball activities this week and it seems possible that he'll be activated before the end of the month.
Jun 5 - 5:03 PM

Alex Avila (knee) has been cleared for baseball-related activities.

And manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that he expects Avila to progress quickly now that his left knee is discomfort-free. There's still no exact timetable for the catcher's return, but mid-June seems like a fair target. James McCann will continue to serve as Detroit's primary backstop for now.
Jun 2 - 4:25 PM

Alex Avila (knee) could resume baseball activities in a few days.

Avila has been performing strengthening exercises for his ailing left knee for the last week and is nearly ready to take the next step. There remains no timetable for his return, but he's progressing.
May 27 - 1:38 PM

Alex Avila (knee) has begun rehab work designed to strengthen the muscles around his left knee.

Avila does not need surgery on his left knee to remove loose bodies, but there remains no timetable for his return. The backstop hopes to know more later this week about a potential target date, but it will be a while. James McCann will continue to hold down the catching duties in the meantime.
May 18 - 8:59 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Jefry Marte
LF1Tyler Collins
2Steven Moya
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
6Kyle Lobstein
7Randy Wolf
Relief Pitcher
R1Bruce Rondon
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Drew VerHagen
8Kyle Ryan
9Jeff Ferrell
10Jose Valdez
11Ian Krol
12Buck Farmer
13Joe Nathan