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Alex Avila | Catcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Alex Avila will return to the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Red Sox.
Avila suffered a minor concussion when he was hit in the head by David Ortiz's backswing during Friday's game and sat out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He'll hit eighth against opposing hurler John Lackey on Sunday. Jun 8 - 4:19 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that Alex Avila sustained a minor concussion when hit in the head by the backswing of David Ortiz, and that the veteran catcher would not play on Saturday.

It's unclear beyond that how much time Avila may have to miss. Bryan Holaday will serve as the Tigers primary backstop for as long as he remains sidelined.
Jun 7 - 10:28 AM

Alex Avila was removed from Friday's game against the Red Sox in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by the backswing of David Ortiz.

Avila has certainly taken a beating behind the plate this season, and was likely removed as a precautionary measure to be checked for a concussion. Bryan Holaday took his place behind the dish and should be expected to get the start in his place on Saturday.
Jun 6 - 9:36 PM

Alex Avila was able to stay in Thursday after taking a hard foul tip off his mask in the ninth against the A's.

Avila has had concussion issues before -- arising from similar incidents -- and he was clearly in some pain after this one. While he finished out the inning, it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss some time.
May 29 - 7:24 PM

Alex Avila went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Avila went deep in the fifth inning off of Trevor Bauer, his third of the season. The catcher has been solid behind the dish for the Tigers, slashing .240/.365/.417 in 116 plate appearances.
May 20 - 10:48 PM

Alex Avila returned to the Tigers starting lineup with a bang on Friday, blasting a two-run homer off James Shields.

He finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. Avila had missed the previous two games due to lower back spasms, which is an injury that could linger and should be monitored moving forward. He's now hitting .226/.349/.358 with one homer and four RBI on the year.
May 3 - 4:47 AM

Alex Avila (back) will remain out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

Avila was scratched from the Tigers' lineup on Tuesday due to lower back spasms. The club is likely targeting Friday after an off day Thursday for Avila's return.
Apr 30 - 12:43 AM

Alex Avila was scratched from the Tigers' lineup on Tuesday night due to lower back spasms.

It's not considered a serious issue. Bryan Holaday will catch Justin Verlander against the White Sox.
Apr 29 - 5:37 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Twins.

Avila was removed late from Friday's game due to a left shin contusion. The injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to require a trip to the disabled list, but he's likely to get Sunday off as well as a precautionary measure. Bryan Holaday will draw the start behind the dish on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 11:06 AM

It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.

Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish against opposing southpaw C.J. Wilson. Avila, who is hitting just .182/.308/.242 with no RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Apr 19 - 9:47 AM

Alex Avila went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Padres on Friday.

Avila hit .306 this spring, even though he struck out 22 times in 49 at-bats. The regular season has seen more strikeouts, but no hits to go along with them; he's currently 2-for-19 with 11 strikeouts and four walks in seven games. He'll probably sit out at least one game this weekend with Victor Martinez potentially starting behind the plate.
Apr 12 - 1:04 AM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Bryan Holaday will catch Justin Verlander Sunday.
Apr 6 - 9:40 AM

Alex Avila (back) has been cleared for workouts.

Avila sat out a couple of days last week while nursing back spasms. It's something he deals with often and shouldn't affect his readiness for the start of the season.
Feb 24 - 8:53 AM

Alex Avila (back) expects to return to action Monday.

Avila has nursed some back spams the last couple days, which he said Sunday is something he deals with a couple times per year. It's obviously not a concern given that he is expected to be back in drills on Monday.
Feb 23 - 12:29 PM

Alex Avila was held out of Saturday's workout due to a sore back.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated that it wasn't a great concern. After a disappointing 2013 season, the 27-year-old backstop represents a nice bounceback candidate that can be had in the later rounds of two-catcher mixed leagues.
Feb 22 - 1:30 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Joel Hanrahan
5Ian Krol
6Al Alburquerque
7Phil Coke
8Blaine Hardy
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon