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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%: 18/10 | Average Draft Position: 258.40
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Alex Avila sitting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:52 am ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Avila will be replaced by Bryan Holaday behind the plate. Avila is receiving a normal day of rest. He should return to the lineup Sunday.


Tigers unveil opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his opening day lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff and be followed by right fielder Torii Hunter, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, center fielder Austin Jackson, catcher Alex Avila, third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and left field Rajai Davis.

Jackson has primarily hit leadoff in his career, but after the spring he put together, Ausmus made the decision to hit him in the heart of the order. Jackson hit .429 (24 for 56) with two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 18 spring games.

"The way Austin Jackson hit this spring, he was the best option to bat fifth," Ausmus said.


Alex Avila gets the start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will start behind the plate Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Avila missed the team's previous two games due to back spasms. He also missed workouts last week due to the injury. Avila was cleared to begin workouts again Monday, and has made enough progress that he's ready to play in games.

Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats.


Alex Avila cleared to resume workouts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was cleared to return to workouts Monday after missing the last few days due to back spasms, according to MLB.com.

Alex Avila expects to take part in practice Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila expects to take part in practice Monday, according to mlive.com.

Avila is dealing with back spasms, and has sat out the past two days. He admitted that he would play through the issue if it were the regular season. Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats last year.


Alex Avila sitting out Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is sitting out Sunday, according to mlive.com.

Avila is dealing with back spasms, and missed Saturday due to the issue. Avila hit just .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats last season.


Tigers, Alex Avila avoid arbitration with one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) The Tigers and catcher Alex Avila have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. The deal is for $4.15 million and includes an option for 2015 worth $5.4 million that comes with a $200,000 buyout, the New York Post reports.

Avila was in his second year of arbitration eligibility this season. He hit .227/.317/.376 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 330 at-bats last season.


Alex Avila expects to remain at catcher for rest of career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Since playing a career-high 141 games in 2011, Tigers catcher Alex Avila hasn't come close to that number the last two seasons, appearing in 116 games in 2012 and 102 games in 2013.

Avila said he doesn't foresee switching positions in the future because of the wear and tear he endures behind the plate, according to The Detroit News.

"I played left field for one play in college (at Alabama)," said Avila, who was a regular third baseman at the time. "And the ball wasn’t even hit to me, but the coach waved me in, and told me I needed to go back to third."


Alex Avila was tested for concussion after Game 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters Saturday that catcher Alex Avila, who had to leave Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against Boston due to a knee injury, was also tested for a concussion Thursday. He did not need to go to the hospital, according to MLB.com.

Avila was inserted back in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS at Fenway Park. He is hitting .185 (5 for 27) with one home run and four RBI this postseason. 


Alex Avila back behind plate for Game 6


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who had to leave Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against Boston due to a knee injury, is in the lineup for Game 6. 

Avila had to leave in the fourth inning of Game 5 due to a patella tendon issue in his knee. Manager Jim Leyland said he's feeling better but hopes he doesn't have to remove him mid-game. Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats this season. 


Alex Avila expects to play Game 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila expects to play Game 6 against the Red Sox. 

Avila had to leave Game 5 in the fourth inning due to a patella tendon issue in his knee. He said he would receive treatment and take strong painkillers Friday, but expects to play Saturday. "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."

Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats. 


Alex Avila suffers strained patellar tendon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was removed from Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday with a left patellar tendon strain, the team announced.

Avila, who took the brunt of a home-plate collision in the second inning, is day-to-day, though he said after the game he expects to play in Game 6 Saturday.


Alex Avila exits Game 5 with apparent injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was pulled from Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday after four innings with an apparent injury. Avila was involved in a home-plate collision earlier in the game and later took a foul ball off his mask.

Avila, who dealt with concussion issues earlier this season, was 0 for 1 before exiting. He was replaced by Brayan Pena and will be evaluated before a determination can be made about his Game 6 status.


Alex Avila moved down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been moved to the seventh spot in the club's batting order for Game 5.

Avila and Omar Infante have swapped places in the lineup. It's the only change manager Jim Leyland has decided to make after nearly the same lineup scored seven runs against the Red Sox during Game 4. 


Alex Avila sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

The Tigers have shifted the lineup around, moving Miguel Cabrera to DH and Victor Martinez behind the plate. Avila is hitting .222/.312/.379 in 306 at-bats. 


Alex Avila powers Tigers to victory


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) In clouting a pair of home runs, Alex Avila drove in all three of the Tigers' runs in a Sunday win over the Royals. Both of Avila's shots -- his 10th and 11th of the season -- came off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Avila went 2 for 4 in the game, striking out in his other two at-bats.


Alex Avila records four hits


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila had a four-hit night during a 9-1 win at Chicago Tuesday. Avila drove in and scored two runs on the night.

Avila went 4 for 4 with a walk. He doubled and now has 42 RBI on the season for Detroit to go with his .221 batting average.

The backstop is attempting to heat up over the season's final month. He's gone 8 for 13 over his last four appearances with three runs batted in.

Alex Avila records three-hit game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila had a three-hit game Sunday afternoon in a 4-0 loss to the Indians. Avila singled for all three hits. 

Avila went 3 for 3 with a walk as he reached base four times. He didn't score, however, as the Tigers didn't cross the plate in the loss. He's batting just .207 on the year. 


Alex Avila returns to lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has returned to the team's starting lineup Tuesday.

Avila was activated Tuesday, after he was able to play through Monday's rehab game without suffering any concussion-like symptoms. He's hitting .198/.288/.340 in 253 at-bats. 


Alex Avila activated from disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Avila was able to play in a rehab game Monday without any concussion symptoms. He's hitting .198/.288/.240 in 253 at-bats. 


Alex Avila nearing return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 2 for 3 Monday during a rehab game, and could be close to returning to the majors, according to mlive.com.

Avila hit a double, a single and walked twice before he was pulled in the eighth inning. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Avila could return very soon if he doesn't have any symptoms. Avila is hitting .198/.288/.340 in 253 at-bats. 


Alex Avila will catch seven innings, be re-evaluated Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is scheduled to catch seven innings in Triple-A Toledo Monday, according to MLB.com.

Avila will be re-evaluated following the game. He's been out since August 10 with a concussion. He's hitting just .198/.288/.340 in 253 at-bats. 


Alex Avila able to return Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was able to return to play Sunday after being pulled from Thursday's game with a headache, according to the Detroit Free Press

Avila was pulled Thursday with delayed concussion symptoms. He returned Sunday, and went 0 for 3. Avila was able to get through the game without any issues. He's hitting .198/.288/.340 in 253 at-bats. 


Alex Avila suffers minor setback


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila caught just three innings in his rehab debut Thursday for Triple-A Toleda, as he had to be pulled from the game with a headache. According to the Detroit Free Press, Avila did not have any symptoms Friday, but still got the day off.

Avila is recovering from a concussion, and he might play Saturday as a DH, as long as he avoids a recurrence of symptoms.  


Alex Avila plays Triple-A rehab game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Tigers catcher Alex Avila started behind the plate and batted second for Triple-A Toledo Thursday, going 0 for 2 with one walk before being replaced. Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday that he expected Avila to need just one game before returning, so the catcher could be activated from the concussion disabled list Friday.