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13 Alex Avila C
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 1/29/1987 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Detroit | College: Alabama | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $2,950,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/11 | Average Draft Position: 370.00
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Avila, Gose among options to bat second for Tigers vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday he is "seriously considering" batting catcher Alex Avila second in the order against right-handed pitchers, per MLive.com. Anthony Gose appears to be the other main option, but Gose could also lead off, which would allow Ian Kinsler to bat second.

Ausmus added Jose Iglesias could also work into the mix, but he doesn't see Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez or Nick Castellanos as options to bat second.


Tigers' Alex Avila working with new stance behind the plate


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is experimenting with a new stance behind the plate, according to MLB.com.

Avila has had concussion issues during the past few seasons, and is hoping a new stance and mask will limit injuries. Instead of getting into a straight crouch, Avila is catching with one knee fully on the ground. Manager Brad Ausmus suggested the change. "Foul tips tend to come off the top half of the bat and are traveling very slightly upward," Ausmus said. "Getting him lower will allow those foul tips to give him more of a glancing blow or avoid his mask altogether."

Avila said he'll occasionally use a traditional stance during the year, but believes the chance will make a difference. "It may save a few foul tips here and there," he said. "I don't know how much it'll help, but it's worth a try to see what happens. I don't feel hindered or restricted doing it. Avila will also wear a hockey-style mask, which should help. 

The 28-year-old Avila hit .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last year.


Tigers' Ausmus: Avila, Lennerton, Westlake to get reps at 1B in spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) With DH Victor Martinez (knee) now joining first baseman Miguel Cabrera (foot) on the injury list, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday catcher Alex Avila will likely get some work at first base during spring training, per MLB.com.

Ausmus also mentioned Jordan Lennerton and Aaron Westlake as candidates to play at first base this spring.

Avila made his first and only appearance in an MLB game at first base in 2014. Lennerton has played in 730 games at first base in the minors, while Westlake has played 329 games at first in the minors.


Tigers GM: Avila could see 1B time if Cabrera isn't ready for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that if Miguel Cabrera is unable to play when the season opens, the team will look to Alex Avila as a possible short-term replacement at first base, per MLB.com.

"If he's not ready by opening day, it's gonna be very, very close. We'll know more Feb. 15," Dombrowski said.

Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22. He was cleared to remove his walking boot earlier in January and is expected to be reexamined on Feb. 15, right before Detroit's first full-squad workouts.


Tigers C Alex Avila cleared for all physical activities


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) After an injury-plagued season in which he suffered several concussions, Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been cleared by doctors for all physical activities, he told reporters on Thursday, per MLive.com.

"I'm feeling great," Avila said. "After the season, there were a few days of just kind of relaxing, recovering from the concussion. After that, I was cleared by the doctors on everything. I feel great and moving along as normal."

Avilla will enter spring training without any restrictions. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated in December that he could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015. Because of the injuries, Avilla is open to wearing a hockey-style catcher's mask this season.

"I tried it one time my very first spring training in a bullpen," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I never really thought how much of a difference it would make as far as kind of withstanding those impacts from the ball. But you live and you learn."

Avilla struggled last season, hitting just .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats. He noted that he never considered hanging up his cleats after a rough 2014 campaign.

"Never," Avila said. "That's never even crossed my mind."


Stewart: Alex Avila, Dioner Navarro could be fits for Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Wednesday that Tigers catcher Alex Avila or Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be fits with the team in potential trade scenarios, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks moved on from Miguel Montero this week, sending the catcher to the Cubs, and Avila or Navarro could end up behind the plate as Montero's successor. The Blue Jays are likely willing to part ways with Navarro after signing Russell Martin earlier this offseason.


Tigers' Avila could lose some playing time to James McCann in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated catcher Alex Avila could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015, which means more work for rookie James McCann. Avila was behind the plate for 122 games in 2014.

"It's certainly open at this point," Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. "Clearly Alex has shown he has the ability to be an everyday catcher. He works well with the pitchers, they trust him. But I also think a guy like McCann has a very bright future. I like the way he catches."

Ausmus added Avila has no health limitations after enduring several concussions last season.

"A decision on who's No. 1 or No. 2 won't be made until spring training, or even if there is a No. 1 and a No. 2," Ausmus said. "Maybe there will be a split. I can't give you a full answer. All I can say is Alex is an established big-league catcher and I really like McCann. And (Bryan) Holaday did a really nice job as a backup last season. But a decision won't be made until March."


Report: C Alex Avila to remain starter for Tigers in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Tigers plan to maintain Alex Avila as their starting catcher next season despite his issues with concussions and declining production since his peak season of 2011, but they will likely allow Avila to walk in free agency after the year in favor of promising James McCann, per the Detroit News.

Avila finished 2014 with a meager stat line of .218/.327/.359. His 61 walks in 390 at-bats and continued strength behind the plate were two pluses.


Tigers pick up option for 2015 season on Alex Avila's contract


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Tigers announced Monday they exercised the $5.4 million option for the 2015 season on catcher Alex Avila's contract.

Avila, who has been the subject of trade rumors, hit a career-low .218 in 2014. He had 11 home runs, 22 doubles and 47 RBI in 124 games.


Report: Tigers listening to offers on Alex Avila


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Tigers are listening to offers for catcher Alex Avila, according to the Boston Globe .

Both the Red Sox and Braves are said to have interest in the 27-year-old. Avila struggled through last season, and missed time due to concussions. He hit just .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats.


C Alex Avila still waiting for Tigers to pick up 2015 option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Tigers have declined to pick up their option on catcher Alex Avila, though they have until Nov. 20 to do so, per MLive.com.

Avila has lost points on his batting average in each of the last three seasons, falling to .218 this year. But he did remain relatively productive in 2014, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 47 while scoring 44 runs in 390 at-bats.


Report: Alex Avila not considering retirement due to head injuries


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila said Monday that he has had no second thoughts about continuing his career as a major-league catcher after dealing with multiple head injuries late in the season. MLive.com reports.

"No," he said. "I've had three mild concussions in my career. 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. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern. It's like any injury -- you have to let it heal 100 percent."

Avila also indicated that he was symptom free and would be able to take the field if the Tigers were still in contention. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go for spring training.


Alex Avila a late add to Monday's lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Updating a previous item: Tigers catcher Alex Avila was officially cleared from a concussion he suffered in early September, and was inserted into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox, the team announced. Avila is hitting .223/.331/.371 over 372 at-bats.

Alex Avila no longer dealing with concussion, still awaiting clearance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Tigers trainer Kevin Rand told reporters that catcher Alex Avila is no longer experiencing  concussion-like symptoms. However, he is still awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball, the Detroit Free Press reports. Avila will not be in the starting lineup Monday night against the White Sox.

Alex Avila could return Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who has missed the last week with renewed symptoms of a concussion he initially suffered in early September, took part in batting practice and a simulated game Sunday and could return to action Monday against the White Sox, according to MLB.com.

"Basically for the last three days, everything was just kind of like a guessing game, kind of just hoping I felt better," Avila said. "Definitely happy that [Saturday] was a good day and I was able to follow that up [Sunday] feeling very well. As soon as they give me the thumbs-up, I'm playing as soon as possible."


Alex Avila still out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila remains out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Avila reportedly felt "disoriented" after taking some swings in the batting cages recently, and his post-concussion symptoms may end up keeping him sidelined for the rest of the regular season. The Tigers are concerned about the catcher, ESPN reports.


Alex Avila felt 'disoriented' after taking swings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila felt "disoriented" after taking swings in the batting cages recently, according to mlive.

Avila is dealing with post-concussion symptoms. He is not in the team's starting lineup Friday. Avila is hitting .223/.331/.371 over 372 at-bats.


Alex Avila still sidelined Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Avila is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms. He has not played since September 14 due to the issue. 


Alex Avila remains out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the starting lineup Wednesday as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Avila could have to miss a week or more while recovering.

Alex Avila out again, as expected, Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday, as expected, as he continues to deal with post-concussion symptoms. Avila was removed from Sunday's game with lightheadedness, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday he thinks Avila might have to miss a week or more. 

Alex Avila could miss a week of action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila could miss at least a week of action, manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com on Monday. Avilla was pulled in the eighth inning on Sunday because of lightheadedness.

"If this was pre-Sept. 1, he would probably be on the 7-day disabled list, because you'd need another catcher," Ausmus said.

Alex Avila out as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who was removed in the eighth inning Sunday because of lightheadedness, was out of the lineup for Monday's game at Minnesota, replaced by Bryan Holaday.

Avila suffered a concussion earlier in September and missed four games.


Alex Avila leaves with lightheadedness


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who missed time with a concussion earlier this month, had to be removed in the eighth inning Sunday against the Indians because of lightheadedness.

"He took one off the mask earlier in the day, but at the time, he didn't show the reaction that is normally associated with someone that's been concussed," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He kind of went about his business. And it wasn't until he actually went to hit his last plate appearance that someone said to me that he didn't seem right on the bench."

Avila struck out on three pitches and, when questioned upon his return to the dugout, complained of a headache. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the contest.

Avila traveled with the team to Minnesota after the game, but Ausmus told mLive.com he likely wouldn't play Monday against the Twins.


Alex Avila makes his return to the lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) As expected, catcher Alex Avila was back in the Tigers' starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Giants. He had not made a start since taking a foul tip off the mask last Tuesday, but he had passed his concussion tests on Saturday, and his return was anticipated for this game.


Alex Avila passes concussion tests, hopes to return Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila passed his concussion tests and hopes to return to the lineup Sunday, he told MLive.com Saturday.

Avila has not been in the lineup since he was hit in the head by a foul ball Tuesday, missing four games in a row.