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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 went 0-for-4 on Monday, dropping his spring average to .184.
Avila just doesn't hit singles these days, which is why it's curious that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has penciled him into the seventh spot in between Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos. It's largely because Avila is a left-hander, but if Ausmus thinks Avila will outhit Castellanos against righties... well, that doesn't bode well for Castellanos. Mar 30 - 4:37 PM

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Alex Avila (back) will be in Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Avila recently missed four days with lower back tightness after missing a few days for paternity leave, but he returned to the lineup Monday without incident. He hasn't played much this spring, but there's still time for him to get tuned up before Opening Day.
Mar 17 - 12:47 PM

Alex Avila (back) started on Monday for the first time in five days.

Avila had just eight plate appearances this spring going into Monday, as he was away on paternity leave for a while and has also deal with some lower back stiffness. He struck out in both plate appearances Monday. "I've only had seven at-bats, 10 at-bats," Avila said. "There's three weeks left in the spring, so I'm not really worried about that."
Mar 16 - 6:59 PM

Alex Avila (back) is scheduled to start at catcher for the Tigers on Friday.

Avila was given a full day off Thursday after leaving Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with some stiffness in his lower back. It's something he has dealt with off and on for the past several seasons, and the Tigers obviously aren't too concerned.
Mar 12 - 9:37 AM

Alex Avila (back) won't play Thursday.

Avila was lifted from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing some stiffness in his lower back and the Tigers are going to give him a full day of rest as a precautionary measure. Avila's back has already flared up twice on him this spring. It'll probably be another grind-it-out season for the 28-year-old catcher.
Mar 11 - 4:11 PM

Alex Avila left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness.

Avila's had a bit of an interesting start to spring training. In addition to Wednesday's injury, he was out of camp several days ago to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Avila will be reevaluated after the game.
Mar 11 - 2:10 PM

Alex Avila has returned to Tigers camp and is in the lineup for Saturday's contest against the Braves.

Avila was away from the team for a few days to be with his wife for the birth of their child. The oft-injured backstop has also been dealing with a sore back this spring, so a few extra days of rest should do him some good.
Mar 7 - 8:43 AM

Alex Avila will be out of Tigers camp for the next few days to be with his wife, who is in labor.

Avila was sidelined for a couple days last week due to a sore back, so this extra bit of rest -- if we can call it that -- comes with decent timing. Avila and his wife are expecting their second daughter.
Mar 3 - 4:25 PM

Alex Avila (back) will resume baseball activities on Sunday.

Avila was sidelined a couple days with tightness in his back, but it was never considered worrisome. "Feels better," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Avila.
Mar 1 - 10:07 AM

Alex Avila (back) was held out of workouts for a second consecutive day on Saturday due to tightness in his back.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus noted that Avila was feeling better on Saturday and that he would be shocked if the veteran backstop didn't return on Sunday. While he's considered day-to-day, it's a situation worth monitoring as back injuries can tend to be of the recurring variety.
Feb 28 - 9:34 AM

Alex Avila was held out of workouts on Friday due to back tightness.

The Tigers don't think it's a big deal and are considering him day-to-day. Avila battled concussion issues for a good chunk of the 2014 season but enter spring with a clean bill of health.
Feb 27 - 12:37 PM

Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared for all physical activity and will enter spring training without any restrictions.

The battered backstop suffered at least three concussions during the 2014 campaign. He'll attempt to use a hockey-style catcher's mask in 2015 in an effort to prevent further damage. With James McCann seemingly ready to make the leap to the big leagues, Avila could see his time behind the plate reduced this season. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said he's considered using Avila in the No. 2 spot in the batting order versus righties.
Jan 24 - 8:35 AM

According to Nick Piecoro of, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro could be fits with the club.

The Tigers appear to be set with Avila being their starting catcher next year, but they would likely also listen if another team came calling. Avila struggled to a .218/.327/.359 line this past season, and he's dealt with concussion issues in recent years. Avila will make $5.4 million in 2015 before hitting the free agent market.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News believes that the Tigers now appear content to roll with Alex Avila behind the plate in 2015.

Henning also notes that it's likely Avila's final season in Motown, as he's set to hit free agency following the season and has seen his offensive profile severely diminish in recent seasons. The Tigers are likely to break camp with James McCann as their backup catcher, and his role should expand throughout the season before taking over the role full-time heading into 2016.
Source: Detroit News
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Tigers exercised C Alex Avila's $5.4 million club option for the 2015 season.

Avila would have been arbitration-eligible if the option was declined and probably would have come close to $5.4 million anyway through that process despite batting just .218/.327/.359 in 124 games this past season. There's been talk that the Tigers might try to trade Avila at some point this winter, with the Red Sox, Braves, and Cardinals being floated as potential landing spots.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy