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Alex Avila | Catcher | #31

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Alex Avila had his way with Ian Kennedy on Friday, blasting two home runs in a rare display of hitting talent for the veteran catcher.
These were Avila's first taters of the season. Perhaps this game will lead to increased playing time for the former Tiger. Avila had one excellent season many moons ago in 2011, but since then he has not been worthy of starting in fantasy lineups. Jun 11 - 1:28 AM

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

Avila missed exactly 15 days with a right hamstring strain. His return Monday pushed Hector Sanchez off Chicago's roster entirely, so it'll be a return to the Avila and Dioner Navarro platoon. Avila, 29, was hitting .214/.333/.250 through his first 33 plate appearances.
May 9 - 1:18 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

Avila was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring last week. It sounds like he's making good progress and should be available as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list. Dioner Navarro and Hector Sanchez have been filling in behind the plate.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 5 - 6:15 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Alex Avila (hamstring) is close to rehab games.

Avila has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 24 because of a right hamstring. It sounds like the catcher could be ready for activation early next week.
May 3 - 5:31 PM

White Sox placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Avila was injured during Saturday's game. Kevan Smith has assumed Avila's roster spot, and Dioner Navarro will handle the bulk of the catching duties.
Apr 24 - 11:05 AM

Alex Avila left Saturday's game against the Rangers with a hamstring injury.

Dioner Navarro replaced him behind the plate in the seventh inning. He'll be reevaluated Sunday though Avila expects to be placed on the disabled list. If Avila lands on the DL as expected, the White Sox would likely call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 23 - 7:44 PM

Alex Avila is starting at catcher and batting eighth for the White Sox in Friday's game against the Rays.

Dioner Navarro and Avila have rotated the catching duties evenly in the early going this season. Avila has three hits in his first 17 at-bats.
Apr 15 - 2:53 PM

Alex Avila (back) will return to catching Tuesday.

Avila made an early exit from Saturday's game against the Reds because of some stiffness in his lower back, but he took swings on Monday and felt fine. He should be close to 100 percent for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 2:25 PM

Alex Avila (back) could return to the White Sox' lineup as soon as Monday.

Avila exited Saturday's game with a stiff back, but he reported significant improvement Sunday. The veteran backstop will start for the White Sox behind the dish against right-handers this season.
Mar 27 - 1:44 PM

Alex Avila said his back injury isn't serious.

He left Saturday's Grapefruit League game against Cincinnati with a stiff back. Avila said he deals with back issues every spring and this particular occurrence wasn't as bad as some of his previous injuries. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 26 - 6:24 PM

Alex Avila left Saturday's game against the Reds with lower back stiffness.

Avila bowed out in the fourth inning and was replaced behind the plate by Hector Sanchez. It's been a tough spring for Avila, who is batting just .059 with 12 strikeouts in 17 at-bats. It's not an encouraging start for a player who has hit only .210 over his last two seasons.
Mar 26 - 4:55 PM

White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila announced Saturday that he doesn't expect to re-sign catcher Alex Avila this winter.

In what has to be a tough decision, the elder Avila noted that re-signing his son is not considered a priority and that his son is likely to find a better opportunity elsewhere this offseason. The 28-year-old slashed a disappointing .191/.339/.287 with four homers and 13 RBI over 67 games in an injury-plagued 2015 season.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 12:48:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:21:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
SS1Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Adam Eaton
DH1Avisail Garcia
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3James Shields
4Carlos Rodon
5Miguel Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Duke
4Zach Putnam
5Matt Albers
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Daniel Webb
9Matt Purke
10Michael Ynoa
11Chris Beck