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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 (knee) has begun rehab work designed to strengthen the muscles around his left knee.
Avila does not need surgery on his left knee to remove loose bodies, but there remains no timetable for his return. The backstop hopes to know more later this week about a potential target date, but it will be a while. James McCann will continue to hold down the catching duties in the meantime. May 18 - 8:59 PM

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Alex Avila (knee) will avoid surgery after a third opinion on his injured left knee.

Avila saw Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday, and he got good news. He'll do a treatment program instead of surgery, and there is no timetable for his return. James McCann will continue to get the bulk of the playing time in Avila's absence.
May 13 - 6:56 PM

Alex Avila will receive another opinion on his ailing left knee from Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday.

Avila is expected to undergo require arthroscopic surgery, but a final decision hasn't been made yet. An operation would keep him out until the second half.
May 12 - 10:24 PM

Alex Avila (knee) is expected to require more than a minimum stint on the disabled list.

He's slated to get a second opinion on his knee which could require arthroscopic surgery. Avila noted Saturday that he hopes to make it back for the second half of the regular season.
May 9 - 10:16 AM

Tigers placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 7, with a loose body in his left knee.

Avila was scratched from the Tigers lineup on Friday due to a forearm contusion, so he's apparently battling multiple injuries at the moment. It's unclear how long he may be sidelined. James McCann should handle the bulk of the work behind the plate in his absence.
May 9 - 9:38 AM

Alex Avila was a late scratch from the Tigers lineup on Friday due to a right forearm contusion.

He was replaced in the Tigers lineup by James McCann. Avila sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Thursday's contest against the White Sox. He's considered day-to-day and should be back in there on Saturday.
May 8 - 7:24 PM

Alex Avila went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

The homer was Avila's first since an Opening Day blast. He also singled in the game. The catcher is hitting just .214 but has a nice .362 on-base percentage thanks to a 19/13 K/BB ratio in 21 games. His offensive struggles have led Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to turn to James McCann more often in recent weeks.
May 5 - 11:36 PM

Alex Avila is out of the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Royals.

James McCann, who hit an inside-the-park home run Wednesday, will make his second straight start behind the plate. He's batting eighth against lefty Danny Duffy and catching Alfredo Simon.
Apr 30 - 4:27 PM

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

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

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
2Tyler Collins
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Joakim Soria
2Joba Chamberlain
3Bruce Rondon
4Angel Nesbitt
5Blaine Hardy
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Alex Wilson
8Joe Nathan