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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%: 12/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers C Alex Avila claims he's ready to roll


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is ready to be the Tigers catcher again. He has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a left knee injury, but he believes he's ready to return.

"I feel fine, I feel good," he said after catching back-to-back games for Triple-A Toledo. "My knee feels good. My legs feel good. I have no complaints. ... Being out for two months, you would expect some cobwebs."

Avila will return with a .200/.342/.317 slash line.


Tigers C Alex Avila goes 1 for 3 in rehab debut on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila began his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Avila caught five innings and went 1 for 3 at the plate. 

Avila is expected to continue on his rehab assignment until at least next weekend. He is recovering from a knee injury that has had him on the disabled list since May 7. 


Tigers catcher Alex Avila set to begin rehab assignment Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Thursday. He will alternate games between catcher and DH for a week.

If all goes well, Avila might be back with the team by July 4 against the Blue Jays. 


Tigers' Alex Avila likely to begin rehab assignment Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila (knee) will likely begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Monday. Avila has been sidelined since May 7 with a knee injury.

Ausmus added Avila is expected to alternate between catcher and DH for around a week once he returns from the DL.


Report: Tigers C Alex Avila to start rehab stint late next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Rehabbing Tigers catcher Alex Avila will remain with the team through its current road trip, which ends next Wednesday in Cleveland, before embarking on a rehab assignment, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Avila has been sidelined since May 7 with a knee injury. His need to build up strength by piling up innings behind the plate could extend his rehab stint into early July.


Tigers' Ausmus: Alex Avila 'close' to rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila (knee) is "close" to beginning a rehab assignment, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday. Avila will throw to the bases Thursday and catch a bullpen session this weekend.

Avila's rehab assignment is expected to last at least a few games since he needs to build up innings behind the plate, Ausmus said.


Tigers' Avila swings bat Tuesday, to throw to bases later in week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila (knee) "swung the bat well" on Tuesday, according to manager Brad Ausmus. He will throw to the bases and maybe catch a bullpen session in Cincinnati, Ausmus added. The Tigers open a two-game series with the Reds on Wednesday.

Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) ramping up activity


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is making progress in his rehab from a knee injury, per MLB.com, which is reporting that he is close to resuming running activities and could get some work behind the plate this week.

Avila has not played since May 7. The team has not announced a timetable for his return to game action.


Tigers C Alex Avila takes batting practice on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, on the disabled list with a knee injury, resumed his rehab by taking full batting practice on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

It's the first time that Avila has taken BP since suffering a setback in his recovery last weekend. There is currently no timetable for Avila's return.


Report: MRI reveals knee soreness for Tigers' Alex Avila


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) The results of Tigers catcher Alex Avila's MRI revealed he is dealing with knee soreness, according to MLive.com. There is no structural damage in the knee.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Avila was shut down after experiencing knee soreness. Avila has been out since early May, but he has been cleared for baseball activities. 


Tigers' Avila shut down due to knee soreness, getting second opinion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been shut down after complaining about knee soreness, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday. He underwent an MRI and the Tigers are awaiting a second opinion, per MLive.com.

Avila has been out since early May due to the knee injury.


Tigers C Alex Avila expected to take batting practice this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who was cleared for baseball activities recently, has been hitting off a tee. He's scheduled to travel with the club to Chicago where he will take batting practice over the weekend, according to MLB.com.

Avila has been sidelined since May 7 with a knee injury. He hit .200 with eight RBI in 60 at-bats at the time he landed on the disabled list.


Tigers C Alex Avila begins baseball activities


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said catcher Alex Avila has begun participating in baseball activities, according to MLive.com

Avila was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury on May 7. Now that he's been cleared for baseball activities, Ausmus believes that Avila should be able to progress quickly to get back into game action. 

Avila is hitting .200 with eight RBI in 60 at-bats this season.


Tigers catcher Alex Avila could begin baseball activities next week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila may resume baseball activities next week when Detroit is back home, manager Brad Ausmus said per MLB.com.

Avila, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a knee injury, has been out of action since May 7 because of the injury.

"I would imagine he's going to have to go play a few games," manager Brad Ausmus said to MLB.com. "I wouldn't think it would be terribly long. I don't think he has to go down there for two weeks or anything like that. Just play a handful of games, probably build him up in terms of catching a little bit, make sure he can catch without any issues."

He has been working to get strength back in his knee without returning to the field.  Avila is hitting .200 with eight RBI in 60 at-bats this season.


Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) close to starting baseball activities


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Tigers catcher Alex Avila seems close to being cleared for baseball activities. Avila has been on the disabled list since May 9 with a knee injury.

Avila will see the doctor on Wednesday and get treatment on his knee, which should lead to him being able to resume baseball activities, according to MLive.com. The team has not provided an updated timetable for his return.


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.