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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 (head) said Monday that he has given no consideration to retiring from baseball.
Avila suffered yet another concussion in the Tigers' ALDS Game 3 loss to the Orioles, but he was examined by a specialist last week and is expecting to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. "I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy," the 27-year-old catcher told MLive.com on Monday afternoon. "And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern." Oct 13 - 1:55 PM
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Alex Avila went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to Detroit's lineup on Monday.

It was Avila's first appearance in eight days after he suffered a concussion on Sept. 14. Dating back to Sept. 9, he's struck out multiple times in in six straight starts, and he's up to 146 strikeouts in 119 games this season.
Sep 22 - 9:48 PM

Alex Avila is back in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

It will be his first start in over a week due to post-concussion issues. Avila took batting practice and played in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues, clearing the way for his return to action. He's at catcher and hitting seventh against Chris Bassitt and the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 6:21 PM

Alex Avila (concussion) took batting practice and plated in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

As long as he receives the proper medical clearance on Monday, there's a strong chance that he'll rejoin the Tigers starting lineup for the opener of a three-game set against the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 12:30 AM

Alex Avila (concussion) remains out of the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

Avila continues to battle concussion-like symptoms and was disoriented when attempting to take swings on Thursday and Friday. Bryan Holaday will take his place behind the dish on Saturday and will continue to share time with rookie James McCann until Avila returns.
Sep 20 - 10:25 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Alex Avila (concussion) felt "disoriented" when he tried taking some swings Thursday and Friday.

Avila is sitting out Friday for the 10th time in 17 games this month due to post-concussion issues, and it sounds like, if anything, his symptoms are getting worse. With just over a week left in the season, he might not make it back. James McCann is getting the start behind the dish Friday, and he'll share time with Bryan Holaday while Avila is out.
Sep 19 - 5:12 PM

Alex Avila (concussion) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Avila has dealt with post-concussion issues for a good chunk of September, starting just nine of a possible 16 games. He'll miss the first game of the huge three-game set against the Royals and it's not clear when he'll return to action. James McCann is behind the dish Friday.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Alex Avila (head) is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Avila hasn't played since taking a foul tip off his mask on Sunday. He has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are treating the situation carefully. Bryan Holaday will start at catcher against the Twins.
Sep 17 - 4:49 PM

Alex Avila (head) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Avila took a foul tip off his mask on Sunday, so he was held out Monday and Bryan Holaday will get another start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Twins. Avila has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are going to play it safe with him down the stretch.
Sep 16 - 4:42 PM

Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate.
Sep 15 - 4:28 PM

Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well.
Sep 14 - 7:39 PM

Alex Avila slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday.

Detroit was trailing 4-3 when Avila took Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his only hit of the night, but it helped keep the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings (by a half-game over the Royals). Avila is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games this season.
Sep 13 - 10:44 PM

Alex Avila (head) is in the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Giants.

Avila took a couple of foul tips off his catcher's mask in Tuesday's game and has been held out since. He appeared as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss, striking out against Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning.
Sep 7 - 4:43 PM

Alex Avila (head) is expected to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Sunday.

Avila experienced no concussion symptoms on Friday and could have started Saturday's game, but Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus wanted to use rookie James McCann against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
Sep 6 - 11:27 AM

Alex Avila (head) is out of the Tigers' lineup for a second straight game on Thursday night.

Avila was struck in the mask by a foul tip on Tuesday. He passed a concussion test, so the Tigers are just being cautious here. Bryan Holaday will catch in Cleveland.
Sep 4 - 3:33 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Wynton Bernard
RF1Torii Hunter
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Jim Johnson
8Robbie Ray
9Kyle Ryan
10Buck Farmer
11Anibal Sanchez
12Luke Putkonen