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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: 7 | Salary: $2,950,000 | Owned/Started%: 15/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila strengthening knee in rehab stint


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is beginning his rehab of his injured knee by working on strength drills, according to MLB.com.

Avila, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the knee injury, was diagnosed with a loose body in the knee. Avila doesn't have a timetable to return yet, but hopes to know more about the injury later in the week.


Tigers' Alex Avila (knee) will not undergo surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will not have surgery on his injured left knee, MLive.com reports.

Avila was placed on the disabled list last weekend due to a loose body in his left knee, and the catcher sought multiple opinions before deciding to pass on the surgical procedure. He will rest and rehab in an attempt to return later this season.

"I took the enhanced MRI and doctors basically came up with the plan to avoid surgery," Avila said. "It wasn't something that I was trying to find a doctor that was going to tell me not to have surgery, it was kind of a collaborative thing to find out the best course of action."

Avila has hit .200/.342/.317 with two home runs and eight RBI in 60 at-bats.


Tigers' Alex Avila seeking second opinion on knee before surgery


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is getting a second opinion on the injured left knee that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, per MLB.com

Avila will meet with Dr. Kyle Anderson on Wednesday before making a decision on surgery. 


Tigers place C Alex Avila on DL, recall C Bryan Holaday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) The Tigers placed catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to May 7, due to a loose body in his left knee, the team announced.

Avila was scratched from Friday's lineup but was said to be dealing with a forearm contusion. He has hit .200/.342/.317 with two home runs and eight RBI while serving as the team's primary catcher against right-handed pitchers.

Avila and the Tigers will not decide on a course of action until getting a second opinion on his MRI, but he appears headed for athroscopic knee surgery, which could keep him out through the All-Star break, MLive.com reports.

"We don't know any type of timetable really," Avila said. "We're trying to basically figure out the course of action right now. But my expectation and my hope would be to be back and ready to go, good as new, for the second half. That would be my hope and I think that's a pretty realistic possibility."

The Tigers will recall catcher Bryan Holaday before Saturday's game to replace Avila on the active roster. He has hit .230/.278/.328 with one home run and nine RBI in 61 at-bats with Triple-A Toledo.

Unlike Avila, Holaday bats right-handed, as does catcher James McCann, who could be in for regular playing time against righties with Avila sidelined.


Alex Avila scratched from Tigers' lineup for James McCann


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) The Tigers made a late change to their lineup for Friday's game. Alex Avila was scratched from the lineup, and James McCann will take his place at catcher, per MLive

Avila suffered a right forearm contusion in the eighth inning of Thursday's game, which will keep him out of the lineup, the team announced


Tigers' Anthony Gose, Alex Avila held out of lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose and catcher Alex Avila were not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. 

Gose had started three straight games for manager Brad Ausmus, and had a nice game on Tuesday. He will get a breather while Rajai Davis leads off and plays center field.

As expected, Avila will sit with lefty Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Avila has just one hit in 11 at-bats against lefties this season. He was replaced in the lineup by James McCann


Tigers C Alex Avila trying to find his groove at the plate


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila may be starting to snap out of his recent funk at the plate. After going 2 for 4 with a solo home run on Tuesday, Avila now has hits in three of his last four games. He recently broke a five-game hitless streak, and has seen his batting average rise to .214, entering play on Wednesday.

"I feel good," Avila said Tuesday after the game, per MLB.com. "It's easy to look at averages, but the difference between hitting .200 and .250, .260 at this point is like two hits, like the line drive that I had caught today." 

Despite the positive outlook, Avila appears will be on the bench for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, with lefty Chris Sale scheduled to be the starter for Chicago. 

"The last few games he's looked good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He looked good in batting practice the last couple games, but he still won't play tomorrow."


Tigers C Alex Avila lifts off in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila launched his second home run of the season during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox.

Avila took Jeff Samardzija deep in the second inning for a two-run home run to give his club an early 2-1 lead. He added another single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and RBI. He is hitting .214 (12 for 56) with two homers, eight RBI and a .362 on-base percentage in 21 games.


Tigers C Alex Avila drives in three runs Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila drove in a team-high three runs during Sunday's 6-4 win over the Royals.

Avila went 2 for 4 on the day and the three RBI were a season high for Avila. All three of Avila's RBI came off singles. He is now batting .192 with one home run and seven RBI in 52 at-bats this season.


Tigers C Alex Avila returns to starting lineup Friday vs. Royals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) After sitting the last two games, Tigers catcher Alex Avila was back in the starting lineup Friday against the Royals. Avila has been struggling this season and is hitting just .158 (3 for 19) over his last seven games.

Jamie McCann, who had started the last two games for the Tigers, was on the bench for Friday's contest. 


Tigers' Anthony Gose, Alex Avila back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose and cathcer Alex Avila are back in the starting lineup Tuesday, the team announced.

Gose and Avila sat out the last three games as Detroit faced three consecutive left-handed pitchers. Gose is hitting .393 in 28 at-bats so far this season while Avila is hitting .182 with one home run and three RBI in 22 at-bats.

The Tigers are currently the favorites (-115) over the Yankees Tuesday.


Tigers' James McCann starts third straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann is making his third straight start behind the plate Monday against the Yankees.

Alex Avila started seven of the team's first eight games at catcher, but he's been limited to pinch-hit and defensive-sub duty in recent days as the Tigers have faced three straight lefty starters. He's hit .182/.400/.318 in 22 at-bats.

McCann is starting behind the plate for the fifth time this season, all against left-handed opposing pitchers. He's 2 for 8 against lefties and 1 for 11 against righties this season.

The Tigers are favorites (-118) against the Yankees Monday.


Tigers' Castellanos in lineup, Avila misses second straight start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is back in the starting lineup after serving as a pinch-hitter Saturday, while catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup for a second straight day.

Castellanos managed an RBI single in his only at-bat Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. He has hit .282/.341/.462 with one home run and four RBI in 39 at-bats.

Avila entered Saturday's blowout loss in the seventh inning to play three innings at first base, just his second career appearance at the position. He has hit .190/.414/.333 in 21 at-bats. James McCann, who is 2 for 15 after going hitless in four at-bats Saturday, is behind the plate for a second straight game.

The Tigers are favorites (-135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers C Alex Avila set to sit Wednesday against Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is getting the same treatment Wednesday as do many at his position for a day game following a night game. He is out of the lineup in Pittsburgh in favor of James McCann.

Avila has just one hit in his last 14 at-bats after opening the year 3 for 4. But he has scored seven runs in seven games.


Tigers' Victor Martinez in lineup Sunday, Alex Avila not starting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Indians.

Martinez left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after feeling a pinch in his kneecap. However, he is able to fill his regular role for the Tigers and will bat cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera.

Catcher Alex Avila is not in Sunday's lineup; James McCann will get the start behind the plate.

The Tigers are underdogs (+100) against the Indians Sunday.


Tigers catcher Alex Avila totals three walks, four runs in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila drew three walks during an 11-0 rout of the Twins on Wednesday. He also had a single and four runs.

Avila is batting .750 (3 for 4) with one home run, two RBI, three walks, five runs and one strikeout in two games.


Ausmus: James McCann will start over Alex Avila vs. most LHPs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann will get the start over Alex Avila against the majority of left-handers this season, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters on Wednesday, per the Detroit Free Press.

Avila is a career .215 hitter against left-handed hitters. McCann slashed .280/.353/.414 against left-handers in the minors, and has only 12 career at-bats in the majors.


Tigers catcher Alex Avila wastes little time getting first HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila hit a two-run homer during Monday's 4-0 season-opening win against the Twins. He finished 2 for 3 with one strikeout.

Avila connected for his first home run this season in the third inning off Phil Hughes. Avila entered Monday batting .067 (1 for 15) in his career against Hughes.

Avila hit just .182 in 18 spring games. He did have two home runs, three doubles and six RBI.


Tigers' Alex Avila, Yoenis Cespedes return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Yoenis Cespedes are in the starting lineup for Monday's spring game against the Cardinals.

Avila was pulled from Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness. He was initially scheduled to return Friday before being crossed off the team's travel roster. Cespedes came out of Thursday's game with quad tightness and was not expected to appear Sunday or Monday, but he'll make his return to action in Jupiter against the Cardinals.


Alex Avila crossed off Tigers' travel roster for Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will likely miss Friday's spring game against the Braves, as he was crossed off the team's travel roster for the game, according to MLive.com. Avila was removed from Wednesday's spring game due to lower back stiffness, and remains sidelined. The Tigers will return to Lakeland on Saturday to face the Phillies.

Tigers' Avila (back) scheduled to play Friday against Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who was removed from Wednesday's spring game due to lower back stiffness, is scheduled to return to action Friday against the Braves, per MLive.com.

Avila is batting .286 (2 for 7) with one double, one RBI, three walks, four strikeouts and four runs in four spring games.


Tigers' Avila leaves Wednesday's game with back stiffness


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was forced to leave Wednesday's spring training game with lower back stiffness, the team announced. The severity of Avila's injury is not known at this time.

Tigers' Alex Avila to return on Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is set to return to the club on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Avila missed the past three days while on paternity leave. His wife gave birth to the couple's second daughter on Wednesday. Avila will return to the lineup once he arrives at camp. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Avila will be in the lineup on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Avila hit .219/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last season. 


Tigers' Alex Avila to miss three days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will miss the next three days in order to be with his family, according to the Detroit Free Press

Avila's wife is expected to give birth to their second daughter, so Avila will take a few days off. The 28-year-old hit .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last year. He's expected to open the season as the team's starter behind the plate. 


Tigers C Alex Avila (back) able to play in spring opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was able to play in Tuesday's spring opener against the Orioles after missing a few days last week with a sore back. He went 0 for 1 with one walk, one strikeout and two runs before being lifted from the game.

Avila could now be away from the team for a few days as his wife if scheduled to give birth Wednesday to the couple's second daughter, according to FOX Sports Detroit.