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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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It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.
Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish against opposing southpaw C.J. Wilson. Avila, who is hitting just .182/.308/.242 with no RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday. Apr 19 - 9:47 AM

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Alex Avila went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Padres on Friday.

Avila hit .306 this spring, even though he struck out 22 times in 49 at-bats. The regular season has seen more strikeouts, but no hits to go along with them; he's currently 2-for-19 with 11 strikeouts and four walks in seven games. He'll probably sit out at least one game this weekend with Victor Martinez potentially starting behind the plate.
Apr 12 - 1:04 AM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Bryan Holaday will catch Justin Verlander Sunday.
Apr 6 - 9:40 AM

Alex Avila (back) has been cleared for workouts.

Avila sat out a couple of days last week while nursing back spasms. It's something he deals with often and shouldn't affect his readiness for the start of the season.
Feb 24 - 8:53 AM

Alex Avila (back) expects to return to action Monday.

Avila has nursed some back spams the last couple days, which he said Sunday is something he deals with a couple times per year. It's obviously not a concern given that he is expected to be back in drills on Monday.
Feb 23 - 12:29 PM

Alex Avila was held out of Saturday's workout due to a sore back.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated that it wasn't a great concern. After a disappointing 2013 season, the 27-year-old backstop represents a nice bounceback candidate that can be had in the later rounds of two-catcher mixed leagues.
Feb 22 - 1:30 PM

Tigers and C Alex Avila avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.15 million contract.

The deal also includes a $5.4 million club/vesting option for 2015 that contains a $200,000 buyout. Avila was arbitration-eligible for the second time after batting .227/.317/.376 with 11 homers last season.
Jan 31 - 5:38 PM

Alex Avila requested $5.35 million and was offered $3.75 million from the Tigers when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

While the two sides are far apart, it's likely they'll reach an agreement someplace in the range of $4.5 million. The 26-year-old backstop hit a disappointing .227/.317/.376 during the 2013 season.
Jan 17 - 9:06 PM

Tigers manager Jim Leyland noted Saturday that catcher Alex Avila was tested for a possible concussion after taking a foul tip off his mask in Thursday's game, and that Avila passed all of his tests.

There had been some speculation that Avila was dealing with concussion-related symptoms as well as the knee injury sustained in the collision at home plate with David Ross. He'll strap back on the tools of ignorance and return to his rightful place behind the dish for a critical Game 6 against the Red Sox on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that Alex Avila (knee) will play in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Avila was considered day-to-day after leaving Thursday's game with a left knee patellar tendon strain that he suffered during a collision with David Ross at home plate. Avila is far and away the best defensive option that the Tigers have behind the dish, and it should be a boost to their chances of staving off elimination to have him back in the lineup.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Alex Avila (knee) expects to be in the lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Avila suffered a left knee patellar tendon strain during a collision at home plate with fellow catcher David Ross on Thursday but will take "strong" painkillers on Friday so that he can get back in there the next day. "I had this injury before in 2011,'' Avila said. "I’ve dealt with it on and off the last three years. I’m familiar with it."
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 08:54:00 AM

Alex Avila left Thursday's game against the Red Sox with a left knee patellar tendon strain.

Avila tweaked his knee on a collision at home plate in the second inning with fellow catcher David Ross. He stayed in the game initially but was clearly affected and eventually pulled. Avila also took a foul tip off the mask, but it appears that the knee is the issue. He's being called day-to-day. Brayan Pena took his spot behind the plate.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 09:38:00 PM

Alex Avila homered and plated three runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome a late rally from the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday.

Avila finished the night 2-for-3 and also walked. It what looked like an extreme pitcher’s duel early on, Avila got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single off Clay Buchholz in the second inning. He then added a two-run bomb to right, capping off a four-run uprising in the sixth inning that chased Buchholz from the game. For the postseason, the 26-year-old backstop is hitting .227 (5-for-22) with a homer and four RBI.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 11:46:00 PM

Alex Avila's fourth inning sacrifice fly plated the Tigers lone run in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

The Tigers offense as a whole generated nine hits, and had plenty of scoring chances, but couldn't break through against Nathan Eovaldi or the Marlins bullpen. Avila's bat is certainly heating up at the right part of the season, as he's hitting .348 (23-for-66) with a pair of homers and nine RBI in the month of September.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 12:33:00 AM

Alex Avila blasted two home runs in Sunday's win against the Royals.

The veteran catcher finished 2-for-4 with all three RBI in Detroit's 3-2 victory. Avila entered September batting just .207, but he's been raking ever since the calendar turned. Avila is 14-for-34 (.412) with two homers and six RBI this month to raise his batting average to .222.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Danny Worth
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joba Chamberlain
3Ian Krol
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Evan Reed
7Luke Putkonen
8Bruce Rondon
9Justin Miller