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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 (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

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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

Alex Avila is day-to-day after being struck in the mask by a foul tip on Tuesday night.

Avila was pulled from the game, but he passed his initial concussion tests. "I didn't like the way he was answering the questions that [our trainer] asked him right after he got hit," manager Brad Ausmus said late Tuesday. "But Alex said he feels fine and he came through all the concussion tests with flying colors, so I don't think there is too much to be concerned about."
Sep 3 - 9:29 AM

Alex Avila delivered a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Thursday as the Tigers edged the Yankees 3-2.

Avila also had a sac fly earlier in the game. The double to right came on a first-pitch slider from Shawn Kelley after Kelley struck out two in a row to nearly get himself out of a jam. The Tigers ended up winning two out of three in the series to move into a tie with the Mariners for the second wild card spot in the AL. They're both 72-60, while the Yankees are three games back at 69-63.
Aug 28 - 5:11 PM

Alex Avila finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers fell to the Pirates 4-2 on Tuesday.

Avila took Edinson Volquez out to center field for a solo home run in the fourth inning, cutting the Pirates' lead to 3-2 at the time, but that was the extent of the Tigers' offense. Avila has been swinging a better bat as of late, homering in two out of his last six starts, but still has an uninspiring .224/.326/.381 slash line with nine home runs and 33 RBI.
Aug 12 - 10:39 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Blue Jays.

It's simply a routine day off for the backstop being a day game after a night game. Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth against opposing hurler Marcus Stroman.
Aug 9 - 9:59 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Luke Putkonen
14Bruce Rondon